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PTSD Specialist

Venice Sanchez, MD

Psychiatrist & Addiction Psychiatrist located in Newport Beach, CA

Some 7-8% of Americans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during their lifetime. If you’re experiencing PTSD, make an appointment at the practice of Venice Sanchez, MD, in Newport Beach, California. Dr. Sanchez offers a holistic approach to treating PTSD, helping you find relief from your symptoms and regain your quality of life. Call the practice or book an appointment online today.


What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that develops after experiencing a traumatic event such as a personal assault, combat, or an active shooter situation. It causes progressive, disruptive symptoms that interfere with your ability to function in your day-to-day life. 

Not everyone who experiences trauma develops PTSD. Most people develop some mental health symptoms following trauma. In most cases, these symptoms subside with time. If you develop PTSD, your symptoms emerge later and become progressively worse. 

What are the signs of PTSD?

PTSD causes four distinct types of symptoms: intrusion, avoidance, changes in cognition and mood, and heightened arousal and reactivity. 


Many people who have PTSD are troubled by intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, and nightmares. These memories and nightmares are often so realistic that you believe you’re reliving the trauma over and over again.


You may also find that you go out of your way to avoid people, places, or situations that trigger your intrusive memories or flashbacks. You might take a different route to work to avoid the site of a violent car accident, or withdraw from friends who were with you during the experience.

Cognitive and mood changes

PTSD can cause mood swings as well as negative thoughts about yourself and others. You might experience survivor’s guilt or feel like other people can’t be trusted. You might also start to avoid activities that you used to enjoy, or withdraw from social invitations. 


You might develop a short temper or increased irritability when you have PTSD. You might be easily startled or have angry outbursts. Some people engage in reckless behaviors or have trouble concentrating or sleeping. 

How is PTSD treated?

Dr. Sanchez offers a holistic approach to treating PTSD. She combines therapeutic techniques including medication, therapy, and exercises to enhance other aspects of your life, from your spirituality to your financial well-being. 

Dr. Sanchez tailors your treatment program to address your specific needs. She works with you to explore and resolve your experiences so you can regain your quality of life. 

Call Venice Sanchez, MD, or make an appointment online today if you have PTSD symptoms and want expert, patient-focused help.