Traumatic Stress

Traumatic Stress

Traumatic stress is different from traditional stressors many people face daily. At the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy in the Larchmont Village neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, our founders Cole Marta, MD and Brooke Balliett, LMFT alongside our team of trauma-informed mental health providers diagnose and treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to tame distress, fear, dissociation, nightmares, and flashbacks. Schedule an evaluation at the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy by submitting an online request today. 

Traumatic Stress Q&A

What is traumatic stress?

Traumatic stress is a form of stress triggered by traumatic events. PTSD is a mental health condition that affects nearly 7% of adults in the United States. It can interfere with your ability to complete everyday tasks and function at work, school, or in relationships. If you’ve been affected by traumatic stress, see the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy trauma experts for an evaluation.

Which symptoms can traumatic stress cause?

Traumatic stress can cause:

  • Difficulty focusing
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Getting startled easily
  • Flashbacks
  • Always being on guard for danger
  • Shame or guilt
  • Nightmares
  • Substance misuse
  • Avoiding anxiety triggers
  • Intrusive memories or thoughts
  • Detachment from loved ones
  • Loss of interest in favorite things
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Ongoing fear or worry
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Angry outbursts
  • Forgetting parts of past trauma

PTSD may also affect your physical health.

What are the risk factors of PTSD?

PTSD might develop after one or more of the following traumatic stressors:

  • Unexpected loss of a loved one
  • Severe injuries
  • Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
  • Childhood neglect
  • Community or systemic oppression, such as racism and sexism
  • Being a first responder
  • Serious accident
  • Natural disaster
  • Military combat
  • Violence

PTSD appears in 5-10% of people who encounter traumatic life events.

How is traumatic stress diagnosed?

Diagnosing PTSD at the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy involves a discussion about your medical history, symptoms, past trauma, emotions, moods, and behaviors at your first appointment with your treament team. Your therapist will also review your current medications, relationships and lifestyle before personalizing a treatment plan. 

How is traumatic stress treated?

The California Center for Psychedelic Therapy offers the following PTSD treatments:

  • Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication Management
  • Psychedelic Integration Therapy

Our team provides individualized, evidence- informed trauma treatment with or without psychedelics. Our highly effective, short-term intensive treatments offer long-lasting PTSD relief.

Start your journey to tame traumatic stress by submitting an online request for a PTSD intial evaluation at the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy  today.