PTSD Specialist

North Shore TMS

TMS Specialist & Integrative Psychiatry located in Huntington, NY

If you’ve experienced a traumatic event, and you have ongoing distress, flashbacks, fear, or anger, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. This debilitating condition can have devastating consequences on your work and personal relationships and may prevent you from enjoying a full life. Andrea Carlsen, MD, and the team at North Shore TMS offer medication-free treatment with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and a variety of other research-based options to address your PTSD symptoms and restore your quality of life. To learn more about TMS therapy, or to schedule a confidential consultation, call the office in Huntington, New York, today, or make an appointment online.

PTSD Q & A

What is post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition characterized by severe anxiety, overwhelming emotions, or flashbacks related to the experience of a traumatic event.

It’s normal to feel fear, anger, and other negative emotions after a traumatic experience. Usually, these emotions resolve with time, but if you continue to have ongoing negative emotions or flashbacks following trauma, you may be suffering from PTSD.

What kind of trauma causes PTSD?

PTSD was once known as “shell shock” because it often arises following combat experiences. However, a variety of traumatic events can lead to PTSD, such as:

  • Violent physical assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Automobile accidents and other life-threatening experiences
  • Disasters such as fire or earthquakes
  • Witnessing violence or traumatic events
  • Discovering the body of a loved one

PTSD can occur in people of all ages, including children. It’s more common in women, possibly because women are more likely to be victims of violence.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Every patient experiences PTSD symptoms differently. However, most cases do have common symptoms, including:

  • Involuntary memories or flashbacks
  • Severe anxiety
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Angry outbursts
  • Reckless behavior
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Negative thoughts about yourself and others

PTSD is a severe mental health condition that can affect your job, personal life, and physical health. PTSD is also associated with depression and substance abuse.

How is PTSD treated?

At North Shore TMS, Dr. Carlsen provides compassionate, effective care to patients with PTSD. She designs customized treatment plans to address your specific PTSD symptoms.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a medication-free option for the treatment of PTSD. TMS therapy stimulates activity in the areas responsible for mood regulation by delivering magnetic pulses to your brain.

This noninvasive treatment is painless and can result in a long-lasting reduction of your PTSD symptoms.

Dr. Carlsen specializes in functional medicine and integrative psychiatry and takes a multidisciplinary approach when designing treatment plans. Your individual plan may include:

  • TMS therapy
  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Ketamine infusion therapy
  • Light therapy
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Diet and exercise counseling

Genetic testing is also available at North Shore TMS. Genetic testing provides Dr. Carlsen with information about how your body responds to specific treatment options, so she can provide the best possible treatment for your needs.

If PTSD symptoms are causing you distress, don’t wait to schedule a consultation by calling North Shore TMS today, or booking online.