Post-Traumatic Stress Specialist Lutherville Timonium MD

PTSD (post'traumatic stress disorder) has always been associated with combat veterans, but as Laura’s story suggests, they’re not the only victims. In fact, as many as 70 percent of us experience or witness an event that can trigger PTSD—a car crash, a rape, a crime, a natural disaster, abuse. And up to 10 percent of Americans will suffer from it at some point, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Melinda D. Fitting
(410) 802-1462
10755 Falls Road Suite 200
Lutherville, MD
Services
Behavioral Health Intervention involving Life Threatening/Terminal Disease, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Primary Care, Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Denver
Credentialed Since: 1995-08-15

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Gregory S. Chasson
(443) 470-9815
1212 York Rd., Suite A302
Lutherville, MD
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Houston
Credentialed Since: 2011-07-28

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Marocco Cheryl Lcswc C
(410) 823-6004
2360 W Joppa Rd
Lutherville Timonium, MD
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO), Psychologist

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Elizabeth Getzoff Testa
(443) 845-6441
8536 london bridge way
lutherville, MD
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U Cincinnati
Credentialed Since: 2011-07-12

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Mosaic Administrative Offices and General Information
(410) 453-9553
1925 Greenspring Dr
Lutherville Timonium, MD
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Dulaney Station Inc
(410) 560-0620
1931 Greenspring Dr
Lutherville Timonium, MD
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Joseph M. Eisenberg
(410) 321-9101
1402 York Road
Lutherville, MD
Services
Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Individual Psychotherapy, Disability Determination or Worker Compensation Evaluation, Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U Alberta
Credentialed Since: 1976-05-28

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Alfred Whitfield Forrester
(410) 453-0901
9515 Deereco Rd
Timonium, MD
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Cynthia N. Mendelson
(410) 296-2920
10751 Falls Rd, Ste 439
Lutherville, MD
Services
Psychoanalysis, Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Maryland - College Park
Credentialed Since: 1992-03-31

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Margi E. Okum
(410) 323-6099
1205 York Road
Lutherville, MD
Services
Psychological Assessment, Child Custody Evaluation, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Catholic University of America
Credentialed Since: 1977-05-17

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Spotlight on Post-Traumatic Stress

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By Julia Van Tine

In her freshman year in college, Laura Curry was raped at a party. Dazed, she wandered the neighborhood until her friends found her. She told no one, and the rapist was never charged.

A few months later the flashbacks began, once while she was kissing a man on a bed. “When he rolled into a position similar to the rapist’s, I freaked,” says Laura, today 39 and a fitness trainer in Minneapolis. “That’s when I knew I needed help.”

Laura consulted a therapist, but talking about the problem didn’t help, she says, and she soon terminated their sessions. The flashbacks continued, and in her sophomore year, another therapist diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychiatric ailment that can occur after experiencing—or even witnessing—a life-threatening event. In the next six years she graduated, landed a job and climbed the corporate ladder, married, and divorced. She also went through seven therapists.

PTSD has always been associated with combat veterans, but as Laura’s story suggests, they’re not the only victims. In fact, as many as 70 percent of us experience or witness an event that can trigger PTSD—a car crash, a rape, a crime, a natural disaster, abuse. And up to 10 percent of Americans will suffer from it at some point, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Symptoms can include flashbacks, jumpiness, insomnia, nightmares, guilt, and emotional numbness. Women are affected twice as often as men, perhaps because they’re more likely to experience the kinds of trauma, like rape and abuse, that can cause PTSD.

It’s not clear why some people develop the disorder and others don’t, but researchers say the brains of sufferers tend to have higher-than-normal levels of stress hormones. The job of one of these, norepinephrine, is to activate the hippocampus, the part of the brain that governs long-term memory. When the hippocampus gets flooded with too much of this chemical, the result may be searing memories experienced as flashbacks or intrusive thoughts.

There’s no standard treatment for PTSD. Some patients benefit from antidepressants, others from different forms of therapy, such as the cognitive-behavioral approach, which aims to change how we feel and behave by changing how we think.

And recently therapists have begun combining cognitive-behavioral therapy with New Age relaxation techniques—with striking results. One theory is that these treatments work by bypassing the more evolved parts of the brain, which govern thought and speech, and engaging its primitive areas, where images, physical sensations, and feelings are experienced.

“It’s in the sensory and emotional channels of the primitive brain where most of the trauma is processed,” says psychotherapist Belleruth Naparstek, a pioneer in the use of guided imagery who wrote Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, and created programs used to help victims of 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombings, and the Columbine tragedy. ...

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