PTSD services offered in Murrieta, CA

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop in teens and adults after they experience a traumatic event, causing anxiety, intense emotions, and triggering sudden flashbacks. At Duality Mental Health in Murrieta, California, Olga Jackson, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, and Adarius Jackson, MSW, LCSW, offer compassionate care, helping people of all ages manage lingering PTSD symptoms and move forward without past trauma haunting their lives. You can get help for PTSD through in-person appointments or telepsychiatry visits. Use online booking or call the office today to begin treatment.


What causes PTSD?

PTSD begins after a frightening, emotionally intense, or life-threatening event. You can develop PTSD if you experience the event or witness it, and the condition could occur after one major event or months and years of suffering emotional or physical abuse. 

Most people develop PTSD after one of the following:

  • Combat duty
  • Physical assault or abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual violence
  • Gun violence
  • Robberies or home invasions
  • Accidents (car, plane, boat, etc.)
  • Death of a loved one
  • Natural disasters (hurricanes, tornados, and others)

It’s natural to feel anxious or frightened after a traumatic event. You may have PTSD when your symptoms last longer than a month.

What are the symptoms of PTSD? 

PTSD causes a wide range of symptoms, but you’ll experience several of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks
  • Vivid nightmares
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Irritability and anger
  • Easily startled or frightened
  • Uncharacteristic aggression
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Memory loss
  • Guilt or shame (that you didn’t stop the trauma, even though that was impossible)
  • Avoidance

Avoidance refers to purposefully avoiding any person, place, or event that triggers memories of the traumatic event. Needing to avoid those triggers may cause you to stay away from social events and take time from work.

Why do PTSD symptoms suddenly flare up?

When you experience a traumatic event, your brain records details like sounds, smells, and sights. However, your brain files them in your subconscious. You don’t remember the details until you encounter one in your daily life, and then it suddenly triggers your memories.

Your flashback can be so vivid that it’s like reliving the trauma. You experience strong emotions and may have uncharacteristic, uncontrollable behaviors like anger or aggression.

How is PTSD treated?

Duality Mental Health offers comprehensive PTSD care, including a complete psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, medication management, and therapy. There aren’t medications for PTSD, but your provider can prescribe drugs for specific symptoms like depression, anxiety, and anger.

Your provider has extensive training in several therapies proven to help people overcome the trauma. Trauma-based therapies take several approaches, helping people remember and process the event and learn coping techniques for managing feelings and flashbacks.

Reach out to Duality Mental Health to get exceptional PTSD treatment. Schedule an in-person or telepsychiatry appointment by calling the office or requesting one online today.