Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Psychiatry located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY and Danbury, CT

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

About Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can cause you to struggle with flashbacks, nightmares, and ongoing worry that interfere with your quality of life. At Elevate Medical in Midtown Manhattan, skilled providers Yung Park, MD, Kevin Lemaire, DO, Sima Paul, MD, and Lesley Cano, PMHNP-BC, offer PTSD treatments to improve your mental health, work and social life, and interpersonal relationships. Schedule a telehealth appointment by phone or online today.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Q&A

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that may occur after you witness or experience a traumatic event. It’s characterized by problematic or potentially hazardous symptoms when left untreated. 


Events that can lead to the development of PTSD include:


  • Physical, mental or sexual abuse
  • Military combat
  • First responder trauma
  • Car accident
  • Death of a loved one
  • Shootings
  • Major environmental events like earthquakes or hurricanes


At Elevate Medical, the providers use evidence-based practices to help those who are struggling with PTSD to overcome it.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Common symptoms associated with PTSD include:


  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Depression
  • Startling easily
  • Distressing memories
  • Mood swings
  • Fearfulness
  • Hypervigilance
  • Avoidance of certain people, places, or things
  • Substance abuse


Left untreated, PTSD can have a negative impact on relationships, employment, education, and overall quality of life. 

How do you diagnose PTSD?

To determine if you have PTSD or another mental health disorder, your provider conducts a comprehensive initial psychiatric evaluation. 


This involves inquiries about your mood, thoughts, emotions, behavior patterns, lifestyle habits, past traumatic experiences, medication regimen, and medical history. Based on this assessment, they put together a personalized treatment plan.

What are the treatments for PTSD?

At Elevate Medical, the providers use highly effective treatments that may include:

Counseling on lifestyle changes

Your provider offers lifestyle modifications to reduce PTSD symptoms. Recommendations may include stress-reduction techniques such as regular exercise, meditation, outdoor activities, massage, yoga, or tai chi. 


The practice also provides medically proven assistance in breaking addictive habits like smoking, excessive drinking, or drug use.

Medication management

Your provider assists in managing mental health medications to stabilize mood and alleviate PTSD symptoms.

Exposure therapy

Exposure therapy involves gradual introductions to triggers associated with distressing PTSD symptoms.

Cognitive behavioral therapy 

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of talk therapy that helps you learn effective behavioral strategies to manage and overcome PTSD symptoms.

Motivational interviewing

With motivational interviewing, you engage in discussions with your provider aimed at motivating and empowering you to make positive lifestyle changes.

To determine if you have PTSD or to seek treatment for the condition, contact Elevate Medical today by phone or use the online booking feature.