Trauma / PTSD

It can take months or even years to regain a sense of control and trust following a traumatic experience. If you need help overcoming a traumatic experience of any kind or PTSD, Max Psychiatry’s team of dedicated psychiatrists can provide compassionate and effective treatment. With convenient location in Apex, North Carolina, Max Psychiatry has helped hundreds of trauma victims in Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Wake Forest, Holly Springs area to feel safe again and bring happiness & confidence back in their lives.

Trauma / PTSD Q & A

What constitutes a traumatic experience?

A traumatic experience can be a one-time event, such as a natural disaster or car accident, or an ongoing stress, like living in an abusive household or serving in military combat. A traumatic experience can be any situation that causes you to feel intensely overwhelmed, scared and powerless. Immediately after such an event, you may experience shock and may not recognize how you have been impacted. In the days and weeks after a traumatic event, you may experience stressful flashbacks that can leave you struggling to shake debilitating emotional and sometimes physical symptoms.

what is Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ?

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.

PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as “shell shock” during the years of World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II. But PTSD does not just happen to combat veterans. PTSD can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any age. PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD.

What psychological symptoms can occur as a result of a traumatic experience?

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anger, irritability and mood swings
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Desire to isolate and withdraw from others

Can a traumatic experience cause physical symptoms?

Yes. Some of the most common are:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Nightmares
  • Fatigue
  • A racing heartbeat
  • Muscle tension
  • Nausea or stomach upset

How can Max Psychiatry help?

At Max Psychiatry, our psychiatrists apply variety of approaches that can effectively treat the psychological and physical symptoms of trauma. These include:

Psychotherapy - Often referred to as “talk therapy,” psychotherapy involves open dialogue in a compassionate, supportive, nonjudgmental environment. Your therapist is highly-trained in identifying and helping you process various aspects of a traumatic experience. Psychotherapy may also help you recognize situations that may trigger negative or anxious feelings and/or memories, and gives you the tools to recognize those feelings, and respond with distress-reduction skills and self-compassion.

Medication management - Max Psychiatry doctors use medication, as needed and when desired by the patient, to manage symptoms, such as: depression, anxiety, nightmares, sleep disturbance, and mood-related problems that can result from traumatic experiences. Max Psychiatry has helped many clients in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, fayetteville, Sanford, Wake forest, Holly Springs, Garner areas help manage their trauma symptoms and regain confidence.

What will it cost me ?

We accept most of the major health insurances such as Aetna, Cigna, Medicare, BCBS, United, Humana etc.  Here is the full list of insurances that we participate with. Please call our office at 919-386-0402 or email us at to ask about your out-of-pocket expenses.