PTSD Specialist

Choi Choi, MD

Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist located in Los Angeles, Torrance, CA

Dr. Choi offers compassionate and holistic treatments to help his patients from the greater Los Angeles area who live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While PTSD is more common in those who experience extreme trauma, it is also important to remember that trauma is relative and that anyone can develop this condition. If you have concerns about PTSD, call or book an appointment online to meet with Dr. Choi at his practice in Torrance, California.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Q & A

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a serious and potentially debilitating mental health condition that people who have experienced some form of trauma may develop. In many cases, if you experience a life-threatening trauma like a natural disaster, serious accident, war, terrorism, an unexpected death of a loved one, personal assault, or rape, you may be at risk of developing PTSD. Patients with PTSD often also experience depression, anxiety, and/or substance abuse.

What are common PTSD symptoms?

PTSD symptoms are categorized into three clusters.

  • Reliving the event
  • Avoiding reminders of the event
  • Being constantly on guard

If you relive the event, you may experience nightmares or other intrusive mental images that disrupt your well being day and night. You may also have physical reactions like heart palpitations, chills, or anxiety when you remember the event.

When you avoid reminders of the event you may feel detached from your emotions and withdraw from your family, friends and your normal activities.

Dr. Choi may diagnose you with PTSD if you present three or more of the following symptoms are present for more than a month.

  • Detachment
  • Extended and intense psychological distress
  • Flashbacks or dissociative reactions
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Negative beliefs, often placing distorted blame on others
  • Persistent shame or fear
  • Physical reactions
  • Recurring dreams of the event
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Spontaneous and recurrent intrusive memories

How is PTSD treated?

Dr. Choi offers highly personalized treatment plans centered on a holistic approach to improving the well-being of his patients who live with PTSD. Each patient has a unique experience with PTSD, and what works for one patient may not be as effective for another.

One of the most commonly used forms of psychotherapy for PTSD is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT helps you learn to recognize your emotions and the behaviors associated with those feelings. After you recognize your emotions, you practice making more productive and healthier choices in response to them.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is another treatment that can be helpful for patients with PTSD. This therapy has been shown to change the way one processes and connects memories. It may help you to experience traumatic memories in a safe emotional space, and eventually recognize and control your emotional and behavioral responses to the trauma. Call or make an appointment online to talk to Dr. Choi about PTSD.