Behavioral Health located in Silver Spring, MD

PTSD services offered in Silver Spring, MD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that develops following a traumatic event, negatively affecting how you think, feel, and act. At Ivan Walks and Associates in Silver Spring, Maryland, Ivan C.A. Walks, MD, and the multidisciplinary team evaluate and assess people with PTSD. They also offer medical training and speaking engagements about PTSD. Call the office or book a consultation online today to find out more. 


What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops following an event that threatens your life. Trauma triggers your body’s stress response, causing upsetting memories, trouble sleeping, and anxiety.

Over time, these symptoms resolve. However, with PTSD, you continue to have unwanted memories of the trauma and an increase in symptoms (e.g., fear, anxiety, unwanted thoughts) that affect your ability to function. Anyone can develop PTSD, but it’s very common in the military.

Ivan Walks and Associates is a behavioral health practice and consulting firm that specializes in PTSD in military veterans. In addition to helping individuals, the team consults with contractors that work with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD symptoms develop at least a month following the trauma and affect your ability to go about your normal routine. Symptoms of PTSD fall into four categories:


Re-experiencing symptoms

With PTSD, you may have very vivid and unwanted images of your trauma. These are re-experiencing symptoms. 


Avoidance symptoms

People with PTSD go out of their way to avoid anything that reminds them of the event. They may avoid seeing people or participating in activities that trigger memories or uncomfortable feelings. 


Arousal and reactivity symptoms

PTSD changes your stress response, making you feel on edge and jittery. You may also have angry outbursts.


Cognitive symptoms and mood changes

You may have difficulty remembering your trauma, which is a cognitive symptom of PTSD. The disorder may also cause feelings of guilt or shame related to the trauma and negative thoughts about yourself (mood symptoms of PTSD).

What happens during a PTSD evaluation?

The specifics of your PTSD evaluation at Ivan Walks and Associates depend on your needs. The behavioral health specialists review your symptoms, trauma, and previous treatments.

They may also perform specific tests to confirm your PTSD diagnosis. They also offer disability evaluations. 

What can I expect after a PTSD evaluation?

For individuals, the team at Ivan Walks and Associates customizes PTSD care plans taking an integrative and evidence-based approach. They combine traditional medical interventions with innovative methodologies to support your mental well-being. 

The team also provides medical training for other health professionals about the latest research and treatment options for PTSD.

Call Ivan Walks and Associates or schedule a consultation online to learn more about PTSD treatments.