Deciding to Get Treatment for PTSD - Topic Overview
There are many reasons why you may not want
to get treated for
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- You may not trust therapists or
- You may worry about money. Even if you have
insurance, it doesn't always cover mental health care.
- You may
feel that asking for treatment is a sign of weakness.
- You may think
you will get better if enough time passes.
- You may worry that if
people find out it could hurt your career.
But you need to get treatment. Treatment can work, and
early treatment may help reduce long-term symptoms.1
Here are some reasons people don't seek treatment and what you
can do about them.
"It's hard to schedule and find time for an appointment." "I can't get there."
- Look at your schedule and find when it would
be easiest for you to see a doctor. Request this time when you call. You may
have to wait a few days, but if that's the only time you can do it, it's worth
- When you call for an appointment, explain your situation.
Most doctors will try to find a time that works for both of you.
- Ask a friend to help you get there, or check local bus
- If you are a veteran, VA clinics and hospitals may offer
after-hours or weekend hours.
"See a shrink? I'm not crazy." "People will think I'm weak." "What will my family and friends think?"
- You are looking for help so you will feel better. It takes
strength and courage to seek help from others.
- Mental health
problems are real and can affect your physical health. They are often caused by
chemicals in the brain or by heredity—they are not character flaws.
- You can get better with the right kind of treatment. Treatment
includes medicine, counseling, self-care, or a combination of these. The kind
of treatment you have will depend on how severe your symptoms are.
"Someone might get into my medical records and see this."
- Doctors, counselors, hospitals, and clinics
take privacy seriously. They won't share your records with anyone not involved
in your treatment. If you have questions about your privacy, ask the doctor
about it when calling for an appointment.
- If you are in the