Psychiatry & Alternative Medicine located in Virginia Beach, VA


About PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) causes a wide range of symptoms that can disrupt your ability to function. At Charis Mental Health Plus Integrative Care in Virginia Beach, Virginia, psychiatry and alternative medicine specialist La Keisha Keneti, DNP, FNP-C, PMH-BC, holistically treats PTSD using conventional and complementary therapies aimed at enhancing your overall well-being. Call today or use the online booking tool to schedule a PTSD consultation.


What is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health disorder that can occur when you experience or witness a traumatic event, leading to severe emotional distress and difficulty coping afterward. Without the appropriate care, it can affect your ability to manage daily life, relationships, and overall well-being.

As a mental health specialist with a holistic approach to care, Dr. Keneti provides comprehensive treatment for PTSD that focuses on addressing underlying traumas, promoting emotional healing, and developing effective coping strategies.

How soon after a traumatic event does PTSD begin?

PTSD usually shows signs within about three months of a traumatic event, but more complex cases may not be evident for several years. You can develop PTSD at any age. Seeking support and treatment early can help mitigate symptoms and improve your overall prognosis.

What are the early signs of PTSD?

The early signs of PTSD can vary, but common symptoms may include:

  • Intrusive memories or flashbacks of the traumatic event
  • Distressing dreams 
  • Avoiding event reminders or triggers
  • Negative changes in thoughts or mood, such as fear, anger, or guilt
  • Hyperarousal or increased sensitivity to potential threats
  • Feeling emotionally numb or detached from others
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering details 
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Angry outbursts or reckless behavior
  • Headaches, stomachaches, or increased heart rate

These symptoms can interfere with your daily life and often worsen over time if left untreated. Dr. Keneti and her team provide the early intervention and support you need to manage PTSD symptoms effectively.

Who is at risk of PTSD?

Anybody can have PTSD, but certain experiences, occupations, and environments may increase your risk, especially if you:

  • Have experienced or witnessed combat, a natural disaster, physical or sexual assault, or a life-threatening accident
  • Work in high-stress occupations like first responders (police, firefighters, paramedics) and military personnel
  • Have a history of previous trauma 
  • Lack of strong social support networks 
  • Have a preexisting mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression
  • Live in environments with high levels of violence, conflict, or instability
  • Have a family history of mental health disorders 
  • Engage in high-risk behaviors 
  • Have a history of substance abuse
  • Experience homelessness or displacement

Dr. Keneti and her team consider your background, lifestyle, and unique experiences when providing tailored care for PTSD.

What are the treatments for PTSD?

PTSD treatments usually require a combination of medication management, psychotherapy, lifestyle adjustments, and peer support. Dr. Keneti and her team take a holistic approach that may also include complementary treatments, like mindfulness, stress management techniques, and herbal remedies.

Call Charis Mental Health Plus Integrative Care today or use the online booking tool to learn more.