Matthew Goldenberg, D.O.
Psychiatrist & Addiction Treatment Specialist located in Santa Monica, CA
PTSD and acute stress disorder can both make it very difficult to feel healthy and whole. Dr. Matthew Goldenberg, a board-certified psychiatrist in Los Angeles, CA, is ready to help PTSD and ASD patients with effective solutions that work quickly. Dr. Goldenberg is also licensed to provide patients online psychiatry throughout California and Alaska.
PTSD Q & A
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post-traumatic stress disorder, better known as PTSD, is a mental health issue that may develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event, a life-threatening event, a major disaster, a serious accident, or an assault. People suffering from PTSD have symptoms such as traumatic memories (flashbacks), nightmares, feeling "on guard", avoidance of people, places and things that remind them of the trauma, agitation, and sleep problems along with many other symptoms in some cases. People with PTSD often have trouble returning to their normal routine of work, school, family life, or other activities after the event that triggered the PTSD. While it is natural for people who have been through a crisis event to struggle with these things for a while after the event, people with PTSD have these issues for months or even years. Sometimes the issues will be sporadic and sometimes they will be nearly constant.
What is Acute Stress Disorder?
Acute stress disorder is a mental health issue that may happen during the first month after a traumatic event, life-threatening event, major disaster, major accident, or an assault. The symptoms of ASD are the same as those of PTSD. However, there is a key difference: A post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis may not be given until those symptoms have continued for a month or longer. Acute stress disorder may also differ from PTSD in that patients who are dealing with ASD may be more likely to suddenly be disoriented or lost. Some acute stress disorder sufferers complain of feeling they are outside of their body, as well.
How Are PTSD and ASD Treated?
PTSD and ASD sufferers often tend to self-medicate in an effort to finally be free of their symptoms. Many people with PTSD and ASD feel shame and embarrassment, and they may hesitate to reach out for professional help as a result. An accurate diagnosis is a vital step to recovery, and a board-certified psychiatrist can establish a proper diagnosis and an individualized treatment plan. The doctor will work closely with each person to tailor an effective recovery plan.
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Words from our patients
"Dr. Goldenberg is a person with whom you feel immediately comfortable. He is very good at developing a respectful relationship of trust and confidentiality."
"Really appreciated the phone call to make sure that you are the right match for me. It is definitely helpful that you are able to work around the hours of 9-5pm."
It is with pleasure I have an opportunity to share my high regard of Matt Goldenberg,DO. As a Psychotherapist, specializing in the field of Drug/Alcohol Addiction"
"Dr. Goldenberg has helped dozens of my clients gain clarity regarding their diagnosis and appropriate medications that will be effective, but non-addictive. "
Dr. Goldenberg is my go-to psychiatrist for clients in my private practice. I have shared dozens of cases with Dr. Goldenberg and he is the most professional"
I’m a psychologist in West LA who has collaborated with him in successfully treating several patients from diverse backgrounds and with a wide variety of issues."