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PTSD Symptoms in Young Men

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PTSD Symptoms in Young Men

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Millions of people have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately, doctors do not always spot PTSD symptoms in men. Until men can get a diagnosis and realize that they have PTSD, it is impossible to get proper treatment at a PTSD treatment center in North Carolina. At Red Oak Recovery® in Asheville, we are committed to helping young men struggling with PTSD and addiction. We offer a range of treatment options that we can tailor to the needs of each client. For more information about our PTSD treatment program, call 828.382.9699 or fill out our convenient online form. If you or your loved one is suffering from symptoms of PTSD in young men, reach out and get help today.

What Is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. This event can be any of the following or something similar:

  • Military combat
  • A natural disaster
  • A car accident
  • Sexual assault
  • Abuse
  • A mugging
  • A terrorist attack

While it is normal to have some anxiety after a traumatic event, people with PTSD continue to feel anxious and have symptoms that interfere with their daily lives long after the event is over. Anyone can get PTSD at any age. However, men are particularly susceptible to PTSD because they are less likely to seek help for mental health issues. This is due to the societal expectation that men should be challenging and not show emotion. As a result, men are more likely to internalize their feelings and turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms like alcohol or drugs.

What Are the Signs of PTSD in Young Men?

When men undergo some form of trauma, they may not get treatment for it right away. Often, men do not realize that they have PTSD. They internalize their symptoms and assume that something is wrong with them. Once men understand that their symptoms are from an external experience or trauma, they can get help for it. The symptoms may include:

  • Feeling extraordinarily lonely or isolated
  • Having intense emotions and being unable to regulate them
  • Being hyper-vigilant
  • Experiencing flashbacks
  • Dissociating
  • Constantly bracing for further potential trauma
  • Feeling helpless or ashamed

Realizing that there is a problem is hard enough. They may avoid activities and situations that remind them of the traumatic experience. Men are more likely to use alcohol or drugs to cope. At Red Oak Recovery®, we believe that there is no shame in seeking help. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of PTSD, please reach out to our team of caring and compassionate clinicians.

What to Expect from Our PTSD Treatment

Each person is unique, so the right therapy may vary. Often, men will benefit from some form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This therapy helps men evaluate how their thoughts and feelings affect their actions.

Exposure therapy helps people confront problems and overcome their fears and anxieties. Group therapy can help men gain peer support, advice, and feedback from people who are going through a similar experience. In addition, men may also benefit from options like yoga, mindfulness meditation, individual therapy, and family counseling. Other treatments that may support men in their recovery may include:

  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Wilderness therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Nutritional therapy

At Red Oak Recovery®, our goal is to help the men we treat manage their PTSD. If you’re struggling with this mental health condition and even a co-occurring substance use disorder, Red Oak Recovery® can help.

Enroll in PTSD Treatment at Red Oak Recovery® in Asheville, NC

While it can be challenging to deal with PTSD symptoms in men, our mental health treatment center has extensive experience treating trauma-based disorders—particularly when they co-occur with substance abuse.

By treating addiction and PTSD symptoms in men, Red Oak Recovery® can help you achieve a better lifestyle. If you or a loved one struggles with PTSD, you do not have to struggle with your symptoms alone. Red Oak Recovery® can help you find the therapy options to achieve mental wellness. Learn more about our treatment programs for young men by contacting our team online or calling 828.382.9699 today.