Psychiatry located in Mansfield, TX
Providing telehealth across Texas


If you’ve ever witnessed a traumatic event or have been the victim of horrific acts, you may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At Holistic Health and Psychiatry in Mansfield, Texas, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner Peter Formusoh, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, and the expert mental health team provide superior care for those suffering from PTSD. If you or someone you know has symptoms of this condition, reach out to the practice today by phone or online. You can also schedule a telehealth appointment, and in-home visits may be an option as well.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop in individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, such as:

  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Military combat
  • Natural disasters

PTSD can also occur if involved in a serious accident.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

The symptoms of PTSD can be categorized into four main clusters: 


These symptoms may manifest as intrusive memories, nightmares, or flashbacks of the traumatic event. 


These symptoms involve efforts to avoid reminders of the trauma, such as places, people, or activities. 

Negative changes in mood and thinking

These symptoms may include persistent negative emotions, distorted beliefs about oneself or others, and feelings of detachment. 

Arousal and reactivity

These symptoms may manifest as heightened startle responses, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and sleep disturbances.

How is PTSD diagnosed?

To diagnose PTSD, the Holistic Health and Psychiatry providers complete a comprehensive assessment. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) outlines specific criteria for diagnosing PTSD, considering the duration and severity of symptoms. 

They conduct interviews, gather information about the traumatic event, and assess the impact of symptoms on the individual's daily functioning.

What causes PTSD?

Exposure to a traumatic event is a primary factor in the cause of PTSD, but genetic predispositions, pre-existing mental health conditions, and the availability of social support also play a role in its development. 

The nature and intensity of the traumatic experience, as well as how individuals cope with stress, contribute to the risk of developing PTSD.

How is PTSD treated?

The Holistic Health and Psychiatry providers are highly trained in treating PTSD. They may use a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and support. 

Trauma-focused therapies, such as brainspotting, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), are commonly used to help individuals process and manage traumatic memories. Medications may also be prescribed to alleviate symptoms.

In addition, they encourage building a strong support network, addressing lifestyle factors, and promoting self-care.

If you have symptoms of PTSD or know a loved one who does, don’t hesitate to reach out for professional help at Holistic Health and Psychiatry. Call or book an appointment online. You can also inquire about telehealth or an in-home visit.