Jefferson University Hospitals

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

While many people think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as something associated with war veterans, it is really a debilitating disorder that can affect anyone who has experienced a severe physical or emotional scar. The survivors of 9/11, rape survivors and witnesses to violent crimes can all be susceptible to this condition.

If you or someone you love is exhibiting symptoms associated with PTSD, Jefferson's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior is staffed with highly trained and experienced mental health professionals who will work hard to help you understand the cause of your disorder and bring relief from symptoms through a combination of talk therapy and medication.

If your condition is severe, Jefferson's General Adult Inpatient Unit is a secure psychiatric acute care unit dedicated to the treatment of severe mental illness. Inpatients treated at the Unit present with a wide range of major psychiatric illnesses, including schizophrenia spectrum disorders or affective psychoses, major depressive disorders, substance use disorders, adjustment disorders and personality disorders.

The Unit provides the most secure setting for your treatment, regardless of your degree of psychiatric pathology. The Unit often admits patients seen through the Trauma Injury Prevention and Outreach Program, especially where injuries have been self-inflicted, following an initial period of medical stabilization.