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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment at Renaissance Behavioral Medicine

At Renaissance Behavioral Medicine, we provide specialized care for individuals struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Our compassionate and evidence-based approach, led by Dr. Etefia, aims to help you regain control and improve your quality of life.

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. These events might include combat exposure, natural disasters, accidents, or personal assaults. PTSD can cause significant distress and interfere with daily functioning.

Who Develops PTSD?

Anyone who has experienced a traumatic event can develop PTSD. However, certain groups are at a higher risk, including:

Military personnel are particularly vulnerable due to their exposure to combat and other traumatic experiences during service.

Other High-Risk Groups:

  • Survivors of accidents or natural disasters
  • Victims of physical or sexual assault
  • First responders and healthcare workers
  • Individuals who have experienced prolonged abuse or neglect

Signs and Symptoms of PTSD

The symptoms of PTSD can vary widely but typically fall into four categories:

Intrusive Memories:

  • Flashbacks or reliving the traumatic event

  • Nightmares about the event

  • Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to reminders of the trauma


  • Avoiding places, activities, or people that remind you of the trauma

  • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event

Negative Changes in Thinking and Mood:

  • Negative thoughts about yourself, others, or the world

  • Hopelessness about the future

  • Memory problems, including difficulty remembering important aspects of the traumatic event

  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships

  • Feeling detached from family and friends

Changes in Physical and Emotional Reactions:

  • Being easily startled or frightened

  • Always being on guard for danger

  • Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Irritability, angry outbursts, or aggressive behavior

Children and Teen Trauma

Children and teenagers can also develop PTSD following traumatic experiences. It's crucial to recognize and address trauma in young people to support their development and mental health.

Common Causes of Trauma in Children and Teens:

  • Abuse or neglect

  • Witnessing violence

  • Bullying or harassment

  • Serious accidents or illnesses

  • Loss of a loved one

Symptoms in Young People:

  • Re-experiencing the traumatic event through play or drawings

  • Nightmares and sleep disturbances

  • Irritability or aggressive behavior

  • Difficulty concentrating or changes in academic performance

  • Physical complaints, such as headaches or stomachaches

  • Avoidance of reminders of the trauma

Our Approach:
At Renaissance Behavioral Medicine, we offer specialized therapy for children and teens, focusing on creating a safe and supportive environment. We involve families in the treatment process to ensure comprehensive care and support for young patients.

How Dr. Etefia Diagnoses PTSD

Dr. Etefia uses comprehensive assessments and evidence-based testing to diagnose PTSD. This process includes:

  • Detailed interviews to understand the symptoms and their impact on daily life

  • Psychological tests to assess the severity of symptoms

  • Medical evaluations to rule out other conditions

Getting Help

If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, help is available. Early intervention and treatment can significantly improve outcomes.

Contact Us:
If you are in crisis or need support, please call our office today. Our team in Beverly Hills and San Mateo, CA, is here to provide the highest quality care to support your recovery journey.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call our offices.

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