Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness caused by exposure to highly distressing events. Flashbacks of such events and symptoms including hypersensitivity to noise are commonly suffered symptoms of PTSD. Anyone can be affected by PTSD following a seriously stressful event, and the condition can occur following a range of different scenarios. The most common cases of PTSD are those who have served in the armed forces, who are often exposed to prolonged periods of intense trauma during war. Many people who have served in the armed forces struggle from what was once named ‘shell-shock’.
Worryingly, those who suffer from PTSD will often do so in silence, with a reported 70% of people with the disorder not seeking or receiving professional help. The illness can impact hugely on a person’s quality of life and relationships with friends, family and colleagues; so it is important to understand the need for psychological assistance to ensure an individual is managing PTSD effectively.
Using our knowledge of current clinical evidence as well as individualised programmes, we can conduct PTSD therapy and treatments that help you to think differently about your memories which may be traumatic. Brevin achieve this through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), learning to think differently about memories and the level of trauma they may cause.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (or EMDR) can help make sense of the traumatic experience through process flashbacks. EMDR and Gestalt therapies place a heightened level of emphasis on personal responsibility and with Biofeedback, the latest tool in dealing PTSD, patients are able to have ECGs. This PTSD treatment can paint the picture of the connection between the psychological and physiological. This in turn helps people to manage their symptoms of PTSD as well as stress as you go through memories and process them.
Medication is also available for PTSD symptoms and can help relieve depression and anxiety that is present from the trauma. A combined approach of PTSD therapy and medication is usually the most effective method of reducing the level of stress uncovered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
We know how important it is to deal with traumatic experiences and PTSD in the correct manner; as it is a very sensitive area for all. Our experience and expertise in PTSD treatment allows us to offer personal and flexible PTSD therapies and treatments that will accelerate your recovery. Our goal is to help you tackle your trauma and stress effectively and most importantly, permanently. That’s the reason Brevin’s PTSD treatment programmes aim to not only reduce current stress levels, but places emphasis on learning new techniques to deter stress in the future.
Some people will be exposed to trauma and find they suffer from symptoms which disappear after a few weeks. However, if the PTSD symptoms continue, it may be that the mind is affected by PTSD. Quite often, people will notice symptoms of PTSD begin within three months of the trauma yet they can develop up to a year later. Symptoms differ from person to person and can affect children differently. Listed below are some of the commonly experienced signs of PTSD in adults:
PTSD is caused by exposure to a traumatic event e.g. a violent attack, rape or period of trauma (e.g. soldiers in active combat). Victims may have witnessed a distressing sight or were harmed as a child or an adult. ‘Secondary PTSD’ is a type of PTSD which can affect those who are close to individuals who have been through a distressing event or are suffering from PTSD themselves. It is therefore very important for those supporting friends and family to take care of their own mental wellbeing during these difficult times.
Anyone can experience PTSD, but you may be more susceptible to the illness if you have previously experienced anxiety or depression. In addition, if you have a very stressful job that exposes you to traumatic events or have little or no support network around you from family or friends, this can trigger the mental health condition.
Delayed-onset PTSD – This type of PTSD is diagnosed if symptoms emerge more than 6 months after the initial trauma occurred.
Complex PTSD – A type of mental illness that is caused by multiple traumatic events, often experienced at a young age.
Secondary PTSD - A type of illness caused by the impact of supporting someone with PTSD or being exposed to details of traumatic events within a job.
If you or a loved one is suffering from any of the forms of PTSD mentioned above, our Private PTSD Treatment Services can help you deter current and future stress levels. Our personal treatment plans are entirely bespoke to your current circumstances and condition, helping you receive the level of PTSD care you need to improve your mental health to live healthily and happily.
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