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PTSD Specialist

Sulcata Psychiatry

Stoni Johnston, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Child and Adult Psychiatric Care located in Vintage Park, Houston, TX

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after you experience a shocking, dangerous, or scary situation. At Sulcata Psychiatry in Houston, Texas, Stoni Johnston, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, works closely with adults, adolescents, and children with PTSD to help them find the love, happiness, and healing they deserve. Regardless of whether you experienced emotional trauma, repeated traumatic events, or a single event, your feelings are valid, and Ms. Johnston is here to help you heal. If you or a loved one has PTSD, call the office today or request an appointment online. Telemedicine visits are available.

PTSD Q & A

What is PTSD?

Experiencing trauma rewires your brain to be hyper-vigilant and alert, a natural process that helps you survive life-threatening situations. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs when your brain continues to act this way long after the danger has passed.

People with PTSD may re-live the scary experience, get panic attacks, or suddenly feel the urge to escape. They may also withdraw from loved ones and become isolated or stuck in unhealthy relationships or behavioral patterns. Some people turn to alcohol or drugs to numb their emotional pain.

If you can relate, know that help is available at Sulcata Psychiatry. Ms. Johnston takes the time to connect personally to help you heal from trauma.

What are the signs and symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD symptoms vary in type and severity but generally fall into four categories:

Intrusion

Intrusive thoughts can include flashbacks, nightmares, or repeated, involuntary memories of the traumatic event.

Avoidance

These symptoms include avoiding people, places, and things that remind you of the traumatic event, as well as avoiding thinking about the event.

Alterations in mood and cognition

Alterations in cognition and mood can include the inability to recall important aspects of the traumatic event and experiencing negative thoughts and feelings such as, “I can’t trust anyone.” You may become detached or estranged from others and experience continuous fear, horror, anger, guilt, and shame.

Alterations in arousal and reactivity

Arousal and reactivity symptoms may include irritability, engaging in reckless or self-destructive behavior, feeling suspicious, overly watchful, or easily startled, and having difficulty sleeping or concentrating.

How is PTSD diagnosed and treated?

At your first visit to Sulcata Psychiatry, Ms. Johnston performs a thorough psychiatric evaluation, which may include cognitive testing to pinpoint the specific areas where you can use the most help. Then, she works with you as a partner in your mental health care plan, ensuring you receive the education, resources, and relief you need.

Treatment is highly personalized but may include customized medication management with Genomind® pharmacogenetic testing, talk therapy, or a combination of both.

Ms. Johnston treats the body and mind as a whole and incorporates alternative approaches like bibliotherapy and lifestyle changes, including sleep habits, nutrition, exercise, and stress-reduction techniques like yoga.

To learn how you can heal from PTSD, call Sulcata Psychiatry today or request an appointment online.