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PTSD Specialist

Norman M. Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC -  - Psychiatry

Atara Health Solutions

Norman M. Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatry located in Gainesville, VA

Approximately 7 out of every 100 people in the United States will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during their lifetimes, according to The National Center for PTSD. If you’re troubled by flashbacks, nightmares, or fears related to a past traumatic event, expert psychiatric nurse practitioner Norman Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC, prescribes effective medications, including ketamine, at Atara Health Solutions in Gainesville, Virginia. You don’t have to relive your trauma or feel unsafe anymore. Contact LGBTQ-friendly Atara Health Solutions today for PTSD treatment by phoning the friendly staff or using the online booking form.

PTSD Q & A

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) refers to a cluster of symptoms that are related to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, a life-threatening accident, or military combat. When you have PTSD, you constantly relive that moment of trauma by having nightmares, flashbacks, or avoiding places that remind you of where the incident took place.

Who gets PTSD?

Although the public generally associates PTSD with military veterans, anyone can develop it.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 11-20% of veterans have PTSD. However, 10% of non-military women and 4% of non-military men also develop PTSD, as do 15% of girls and 6% of boys who suffer abuse or trauma. 

Sometimes, you don’t even have to experience the trauma directly. Even being witness to a terrible crime or catastrophe can trigger PTSD. Any kind of trauma can disrupt your hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which then keeps your body in a hypervigilant, fearful, flight-or-fight state.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Even when you and someone you know experienced the same trauma and you both developed PTSD, your symptoms could be different. The most common PTSD symptoms fall into one of four categories:

Intrusive memories

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares 
  • Ruminating

Avoidance behaviors

  • Avoiding places and people that remind you of the trauma
  • Refusing to talk about the trauma

Negative thoughts and feelings

  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in former activities
  • Distrusting or avoiding people
  • Feeling guilty or ashamed

Behavior and arousal changes

  • Insomnia
  • Startling easily
  • Acting recklessly
  • Irritability and anger
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory problems

Suicidal thoughts and actions are associated with PTSD, too. If you’re thinking about self-harm, call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) right away.

How can my PTSD be treated?

Your psychiatric nurse prescribes medication and refers you to behavioral therapists to reduce or eliminate your PTSD symptoms and let you live in the present again. At Atara Health Solutions, Norman offers ketamine, which is an anesthetic drug that’s highly effective for treating PTSD.

To leave your trauma behind, call Atara Health Solutions for a PTSD consultation or book an appointment online.