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PTSD Specialist

Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC

Board Certified Psychiatrists located in Fairbanks, AK

If you’ve been through a traumatic experience resulting in anxiety, fear, depression, or extreme stress, board-certified psychiatrist Mikki Barker, DO, and her expert team are here for you. At Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, in Fairbanks, Alaska, they offer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) evaluation and treatment to help you cope with unpleasant symptoms and restore your quality of life. Book an appointment by phone or online today.

PTSD Q & A

What is PTSD?

PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s often triggered by a traumatic, terrifying event. For example, you might have witnessed or experienced something tragic and have difficulty coping with thoughts, feelings, or fears associated with the event. Treatment from the experts at Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, can offer you PTSD relief.

What are the risk factors of PTSD?

Events that commonly cause PTSD include military combat, physical or sexual abuse, physical assault, an accident, or high-risk careers that expose you to terrifying events. For example, first responders, firefighters, law enforcement professionals, and military personnel might experience or witness traumatic situations associated with PTSD.

Additional PTSD risk factors include depression, anxiety, substance misuse, lacking a social support system, and having blood relatives with mental health disorders. However, anyone exposed to a traumatic situation can develop PTSD.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Signs and symptoms associated with PTSD include:

  • Flashbacks or nightmares
  • Severe anxiety or depression
  • Always being on guard 
  • Uncontrollable thoughts 
  • Being startled or frightened easily
  • Distressing memories
  • Avoiding certain situations
  • Negative thoughts or behaviors
  • Hopelessness, guilt, or shame
  • Feeling detached from family and friends
  • Trouble sleeping

If you have PTSD symptoms that don’t go away on their own or negatively affect your everyday life and relationships, see the Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, team for an evaluation.

How is PTSD diagnosed?

To diagnose PTSD and develop a treatment plan, your psychiatrist reviews your medical history and talks about your symptoms. They complete a physical exam and a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to determine the severity of your condition and detect or rule out other health problems.

How is PTSD treated?

Your personalized PTSD treatment plan at Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, might include:

Psychotherapy

During psychotherapy sessions, your psychiatrist helps you learn strategies to better cope with PTSD. They might recommend exposure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or other strategies that can reduce PTSD symptoms.

Medications 

Your psychiatrist might recommend medications to relieve anxiety and depression associated with PTSD or reduce nightmares. 

Don’t live with burdensome PTSD symptoms when simple treatments are within reach at Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC. Schedule an evaluation over the phone or online to find out which PTSD treatment is right for you.