Ask a Psychiatrist and Get Answers to Mental Health Questions ASAP
Am I correct in assuming that you are the one suffering with PTSD? If so, what are the main symptoms that you are having? Has your diagnosis been confirmed by a doctor in the past?
If you do not feel comfortable discussing these things with me right now I understand. I have many patients with PTSD and I know that it can be difficult to open up to other people about your experiences and current symptoms. If you would like to tell me more about the experience or experiences that caused your PTSD and what you are going through now, I would be glad to listen.
In general, PTSD requires regular, focused treatment by a mental health professional. The treatment usually is a "multi-faceted" approach which uses inividual and group counselling, relaxation techniques, as well as medications for depressed mood/anxiety, and sometimes certain medications for insomnia and nightmares. The recovery process often takes a significant amount of time (many months to years) but most people will make progress over time.
The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has an excellent Psychiatry department and several experts with expertise at treating PTSD. This link below provides more information about them and how to contact them for an appointment if feel they are right for you.
Although I know you are not looking for pity, I am truly sorry to hear about your traumatic experiences and ongoing health problems. I agree that you likely are suffering from PTSD and would benefit from aggresive treatment. You sound like a very strong person with fighting attitude, and this is always important on the road back to good health. I suspect that with the treatments for PTSD as I mentioned above, you will improve over time.
I must be honest with you and tell you that I also do not have personal knowledge of a specific physician at U Penn or elsewhere in Philadelphia that I can be sure will meet your standards. I would recommend contacting the psychiatry department there and speaking with a clinic coordinator or nurse who works with the faculty and can advise you on which doctor would likely be the best choice for you. You may also wish to consider joining a PTSD support group (many can be found online) and chatting with other members who may give you the "inside scoop" on doctors in Philadelphia.
I wish I could have given you a more specific recommendation, but if you have any other concerns please let me know. I wish you the best.
No problem, don't worry about the feedback. I wish you the best in the future.