Post-traumatic stress disorder treatment


First in East Texas: PTSD treatment for military and civilians

Finally there’s help. In a region that has a need for veterans services for post-traumatic stress disorder, ETMC Behavioral Health now offers PTSD treatment for patients who are military, first responders and civilians.

With the inpatient PTSD program in Tyler, ETMC Behavioral Health offers hope through evidence-based therapy. The treatment offered by this program can help patients begin to move on in life, accomplish goals and participate in positive, meaningful relationships. We believe it’s important for this treatment to be available to anyone truly in need.

These services are offered to:

  • active and veteran members of the military
  • police officers
  • firefighters
  • emergency medical services personnel
  • victims of serious crimes or accidents (considered on a case-by-case basis)

Diagnosing PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an internationally recognized clinical condition that begins after what is usually a life-threatening, traumatic event. Symptoms include hypervigilance, avoidance and intrusive thoughts about the trauma, often as nightmares. For the stress reaction to be labeled a disorder there must be verifiable evidence that the symptoms are significantly impairing the person’s functioning in daily life.

Because survivors of stressful events often deny their symptoms or justify them as normal reactions, friends and family may be first to see the warning signs of PTSD:

  • avoidant, never leaving the house
  • angry
  • experiencing severe sleep problems
  • using alcohol or drugs, including prescription drugs, as a coping strategy
  • withdrawing from family and friends

Facts about PTSD

Public awareness of PTSD has grown because of the higher rates reported among military populations, which can get PTSD as often as 20 percent of the time after a combat deployment. Among civilians in the U.S., car wrecks are the most common cause of PTSD, followed by sexual assaults, murders and other forms of interpersonal violence.

Only about 20 percent of people exposed to the same trauma will develop PTSD, and most of them will get better on their own without treatment after a few years. People are more likely to develop PTSD if they have had multiple traumas beginning in childhood, substance abuse, poor social support or mental illness. Also, the more interpersonal the nature of the trauma, the higher the likelihood of developing PTSD.

PTSD is treatable

Yes, there is hope. People can return to their lives after successful treatment of PTSD. While they may not be the same person as before the trauma, they can begin to move on in life, accomplish goals and participate in positive, meaningful relationships. Even if the trauma happened decades ago, appropriate evidence-based therapy can improve qualify of life – if the person is willing to work for it.

Phase I: Inpatient stabilization for PTSD patients

Patients with severe PTSD symptoms, depression or thoughts of suicide can benefit from inpatient psychiatric care and psychotherapy to ensure their safety and develop a comprehensive treatment plan. In our multidisciplinary approach the patient will work with the psychiatrist, psychotherapist, social workers, nurses and case managers to receive a customized plan of treatment.

Phase II: Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry program for PTSD patients

We offer an Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry (IOP) program after inpatient treatment. First responders, such as firefighters, police officers, EMS and rescue personnel, are encouraged to apply for enrollment in both phases of the program. The four-week IOP program offers education, psychotherapy and medication management.

Contact information

We ask you to call ahead for an appointment. Although walk-ins are welcome, appointments will be seen first.

24-hour hotline: 903-566-0088
Toll-free: 1-800-566-0088
Tyler: 903-266-2200