Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness that is triggered by experiencing an event that results in the affected individual suffering from an extreme amount of emotional distress. There are a number of events that can lead to the onset of PTSD and whether or not a person will experience the onset of the disorder following a traumatic even depends upon the individual person. The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder will present differently in everyone, with some people noticing the onset of symptoms immediately following the event and others not developing symptoms for weeks, months, or sometimes even years after the event actually occurred. Regardless of the situation surrounding the development of the disorder, the symptoms can be devastating and can cause a significant amount of disruption in the individual’s life.
At Ten Lakes Center, we recognize the sensitivity that surrounds the presence of PTSD and the negative effects that it can have on a person’s life, which is why we offer specialized treatment designed to meet the needs of patients suffering from this devastating disorder. Ten Lakes is an acute geriatric psychiatric unit located within Trinity Twin City Lakes Critical Access Hospital. When people come to us for help to overcome their symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, we make it our goal to provide them with the highest quality of care in the safest and most comfortable environment possible.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a family member or loved one who is suffering from PTSD can be heart-breaking. You may feel helpless as to what you can do to help him or her as you watch his or her demeanor and behaviors change in negative ways. You may feel fearful as to what the future holds for your loved one if he or she is not able to overcome the symptoms of PTSD and regain the life that he or she had prior to experiencing the traumatic event. The best thing that you can do for your loved one is to be a source of constant support. Some additional things to keep in mind as you help a loved one who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can include:
- Refrain from trying to get your loved to talk about the event or about the emotions he or she is experiencing because while talking about it can be helpful, the pressure to talk before he or she is ready can cause increased feelings of anxiety
- Educate yourself about PTSD so that you can learn about the different symptoms, become aware of the effects that the disorder can have on a person, and discover various treatment options
- Be patient – even when your loved one has started treatment, the healing process takes time
Why Consider Treatment at Ten Lakes Center
If you are struggling with PTSD, you may have come to a point where you feel like nothing will ever be able to make your symptoms go away. You may feel as though you have lost control over many different aspects of your life and do not see a way in which you can regain that control. But you can. You can overcome your symptoms and regain the control that you once had.
Inpatient treatment clinics are known to be extremely beneficial for treating people who are suffering from PTSD. By entering an inpatient clinic, individuals are able to leave the stressors and triggers that occur as part of their everyday routines and enter an environment where their only job is to work towards healing. People who are suffering from PTSD may also find it difficult to feel safe in their normal surroundings as a result of the events they experienced, but during their stay in an inpatient treatment clinic, they will be in a safe, secure, and therapeutic environment where they will have access to mental health professionals 24/7 who can assist in restoring the sense of safety that was robbed from them.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At Ten Lakes Center, we recognize that everyone who comes to us for treatment has their own unique life experiences that have played a role in molding them into the person that they are today, so we strive to provide treatment plans that are individualized to meet the specific needs of each of our patients. Our highly trained, caring, and compassionate staff is committed to understanding and meeting both the short-term and the long-term needs of the patients we serve. We work hand-in-hand with families, primary care physicians, and long-term care facilities in order to best understand the individual needs of each patient in a way in which we would not be able to without their assistance. We strive to develop professional and collaborative relationships with all of the agencies and facilities that refer patients to Ten Lakes in order to provide the highest quality of care for everyone who comes to us for treatment.
Types of Treatment Offered at Ten Lakes Center
When patients arrive at Ten Lakes Center, they first meet with one of our intake specialists who will administer a thorough evaluation that will help determine each person’s specific treatment needs. Once the assessment is complete, it is closely reviewed by the intake staff and one of our doctors in order to ensure that our inpatient treatment will best meet the patient’s needs. Once admitted, patients are assigned their own interdisciplinary treatment team who will meet weekly to discuss their specific treatment plans and make sure that all of their needs are successfully being met. Some of the therapeutic methods that patients at Ten Lakes may participate in during their stay include the following:
Medication management: Patients who are suffering from PTSD may benefit from taking a medication that will help alleviate their symptoms, such as an antidepressant or an anti-anxiety medication. Additionally, some patients might need to be on medication to treat a co-occurring medical or mental health disorder. Every patient is seen daily by a physician and weekly by a psychiatrist in order to ensure the effectiveness of the medications being taken and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Group therapy is our main approach to treatment here at Ten Lakes. Multiple groups are held throughout the day, covering a wide variety of topics. Some of the things that may be discussed in these group sessions can include distress tolerance, mindfulness, stress management, and emotion regulation.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy is held on an as-needed basis as determined by each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Sessions can be added at any time if deemed appropriate to the successful advancement of treatment. Individual therapy is a time for patients to meet privately with a therapist to discuss any concerns they may have, to address any problems that they are having during treatment, or to work on developing helpful coping skills.
Family therapy: We believe that having one’s family involved in the treatment process is extremely important as part of the healing process. Family members of those who are receiving treatment are included in the various aspects of the treatment process and are encouraged to attend all of the treatment team meetings which occur three times per week. We also understand how difficult this time can be for the family members of our patients, so we provide them with education regarding their loved one’s illness and recommend services that will help ensure that their loved one receives the appropriate continuity of care once he or she leaves our center. Additionally, we hold visitation hours twice daily, between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm and again from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Recreational therapy: All of the patients being treated at Ten Lakes participate in some form of exercise at least five days per week. We also provide options for other forms of recreational and experiential therapy that we have found to be beneficial for our patients, which may include arts and crafts, art and music appreciation, and a time for reminiscing.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The transition that occurs at the time of discharge has the potential to be overwhelming for some patients, so we start planning for this process at the time of admission. In doing so, our patients are aware of what they can expect at the end of their stay with us. More often than not, our patients are referred back to the facility that referred them to us. In some cases, however, patients may require placement in an extended care facility. Our social services department works with the families and guardians of our patients in order to determine what the most beneficial placement and services will be once the patient has been discharged.
In addition to our inpatient care, Ten Lakes Center operates The Wellness Center, which is a partial hospitalization program (PHP) located in New Philadelphia, Ohio. This program is held Monday through Friday from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm, during which time patients participate in three education groups and two process groups each day. Additional services that are offered include individual and family therapy as needed, medication management, and monthly visits with a psychiatrist. All patients are provided with a daily lunch and for those located within a 30-mile radius, transportation can be provided as well.
Serving All of Eastern Ohio
Our treatment center is in Dennison, Ohio, and serves residents of the entire Eastern Ohio region, including Uhrichsville, New Philadelphia, and Cadiz. Call one of our Admissions counselors today for a free, confidential screening to see how Ten Lakes Center can help you down the path of recovery.