Post-Traumatic Stress Specialist Verona PA

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.

Sandra H Banks
(412) 826-8889
414-416 Allegheny River Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA
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Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Issues
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: Lehigh University
Credentialed Since: 2008-09-23

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Cassandra Wong
(412) 996-8991
228 Neilson Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
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Doctoral Program: Oklahoma State University
Credentialed Since: 2011-04-13

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Bernadette C. Connor
(412) 963-8739
12 The Trillium
Pittsburgh, PA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Family Psychotherapy
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Pittsburgh
Credentialed Since: 1978-04-24

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Michael A. Greenwald
(412) 967-5660
Allegheny Mental Hlth Associates, P.C.
Pittsburgh, PA
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Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Individual Psychotherapy
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: U Wisc, Madison
Credentialed Since: 1982-12-06

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Herbert I. Levit
(412) 471-2011
302 Fox Chapel Rd, Ste 410
Pittsburgh, PA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Child Custody Evaluation, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Doctoral Program: Temple University
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-15

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Frantz Michael DO & Associates
(412) 963-7119
1376 Freeport Rd Suite 3B
Pittsburgh, PA
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Mental Health Professional

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John Francis DeLaney
(412) 963-0505
1380 Old Freeport Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
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Psychiatry

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Richard Stuart Citrin
(412) 327-8744
130 Chapel Harbor Dr
Pittsburgh, PA
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Doctoral Program: University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Credentialed Since: 1983-02-15

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John Schmidt
(507) 255-4734
533 Dorseyville Road
Pittsburgh, PA
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Doctoral Program: University of Kentucky
Credentialed Since: 2011-08-09

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Oksana Sadykova
(412) 488-4040
330 9th St
Pittsburgh, PA
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Psychiatry

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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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