While around 70% of Americans experience a traumatic event each year, approximately 20% of them develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that severely impacts their health and quality of life. Mindia Gabichvadze, PsyD, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for the long-lasting psychological effects of trauma, including PTSD, at his private practice in Beverly Hills, California. If trauma interferes with your life, call Dr. Mindia or schedule an appointment online today.
When you think of trauma, you may think of horrifying events like active shooter situations, terrorist attacks, and violent assaults. But trauma doesn’t always stem from extreme violence. It can follow any distressing or life-threatening event. It can be expressed through emotional issues, including extreme anxiety, anger, sadness, or survivor’s guilt.
Regardless of the circumstances of your trauma, it can have profound effects on your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Most often, individuals may experience problems with sleep or physical pain, trouble with their personal and professional relationships, and low self-esteem.
PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that stems from a harrowing, traumatic event. The condition was initially studied, diagnosed, and treated in veterans of the first and second World Wars when it was referred to as combat fatigue or shell shock.
PTSD symptoms usually develop within a few months of a traumatic experience, although the symptoms may not manifest until later when something triggers your memories. PTSD symptoms manifest as:
Some traumatic memories fade naturally with time, but if symptoms persist, it is imperative you seek professional help.
It’s common immediately after a traumatic event to experience avoidance, shock, or denial. There is various research on trauma that outlines ways you can cope, such as avoiding alcohol and drugs, exercising, sleeping, and other methods of self-care. There are many people who overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.
Dr. Mindia provides customized treatment plans, integrating Eastern health and wellness practices with psychological therapies. For example, in addition to offering talk therapy, Dr. Mindia may recommend you practice meditation or mindfulness to practice being present in the current moment instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. He may also recommend adjustments to your diet and exercise habits to improve your overall health.
Dr. Mindia reveres Bessel van der Kolk, MD, a psychiatrist noted for his research in the area of post-traumatic stress and participates in many of his lectures and workshops. Furthermore, Dr. Mindia spent two years supporting veterans suffering from PTSD, anxiety, and substance abuse. He offers a nonjudgmental and validating environment that fosters self-worth and empowerment.
If you’ve experienced trauma and you’re seeking a safe and supportive space, call or book an appointment with Dr. Mindia today. You’ll focus your energy on healing from negative experiences and tap back into your mental resilience. You will also develop coping skills to react mindfully in the face of stressful events or triggers.