PTSD services offered in Goldsboro, NC


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects people of all ages from all backgrounds. If you experience symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, or uncontrollable anger, board-certified psychiatrist and board-eligible internal medicine specialist Meredith Godwin, MD, can help at Godwin Psychiatry in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Call today to learn more.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Combat exposure, physical or sexual assault, natural disasters, accidents, and other life-threatening situations are just a few examples of events that can trigger PTSD. 

People with PTSD may experience symptoms that can significantly interfere with daily life, work, relationships, and well-being. An accurate diagnosis and effective treatment are crucial for managing PTSD symptoms and restoring your quality of life.

How does PTSD develop?

PTSD can develop at any time after a traumatic event, but symptoms usually begin within three months of exposure. Some people don’t notice signs for years after the traumatic event, as the emotional impact may manifest gradually over time. 

At Godwin Psychiatry, experienced psychiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating PTSD, offering personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs. Whether you've recently experienced a traumatic event or are struggling with symptoms that have emerged over time, early intervention can help you regain a sense of control in your life.

What are the early signs of PTSD?

PTSD can cause many uncomfortable and distressing symptoms, including:

Intrusive memories

Intrusive memories may manifest as distressing flashbacks or nightmares related to the traumatic event.


These behaviors may include avoiding reminders of the traumatic event, such as places, people, activities, or conversations that trigger distressing memories or emotions.


Hyperarousal can lead to hypervigilance, irritability, difficulty concentrating, exaggerated startle response, and difficulty sleeping.

Negative changes 

Negative changes in thoughts and mood include persistent negative beliefs or expectations about yourself or the world, detachment or estrangement from others, diminished interest in activities once enjoyed, and emotional numbness.

Emotional distress 

These feelings may be intense, with individuals experiencing fear, guilt, shame, anger, or sadness related to the traumatic event.

What are the treatments for PTSD?

Treating PTSD usually involves a dynamic approach to care that can include many effective treatments, such as:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Exposure therapy
  • Medication management
  • Support groups
  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Self-care strategies, such as a balanced diet, healthy sleep hygiene, and exercise

Your psychiatrist can create a personalized PTSD treatment plan that targets your specific symptoms and goals. Call Godwin Psychiatry today to learn more.