What is PTSD?
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 with PTSD, and many people who have served in the armed forces struggle from what was once named ‘shell-shock’, although anyone can be affected by the disorder.
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.
Treatment for PTSD
Using our knowledge of current clinical evidence as well as individualised programmes, we can conduct therapy and treatments that help you to think differently about your memories which may be traumatic. We do this through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, learning to think differently about memories and the level of trauma they may cause.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy or EMDR as its more commonly known as, 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, clients are able to have ECGs. These treatments can paint the picture of the connection between the psychological and physiological. This in turns 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.
Specialist PTSD Treatment with Brevin
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 expertise in PTSD treatment allows us to offer personal and flexible therapies and treatments that will aid you in your recovery. Our goal is to help you tackle your trauma and stress effectively and most importantly, permanently. Contact us today to see how we can help you.
Some people will be exposed to trauma and find they suffer from symptoms which disappear after a few weeks, however if they continue it may be that the mind is affected by PTSD. Quite often people will notice symptoms begin within three months of the trauma, however they can develop even up to a year later. Symptoms differ from person to person and can affect children differently, however listed below are some of the commonly experienced (in adults) signs of PTSD:
- Feeling constantly on edge and on high alert to danger hypersensitivity to noise
- intense feelings of fear
- strong feelings of irritability
- anxiety/depression/panic attacks/mood swings
- uncharacteristic aggression and anger
- flashbacks/nightmares of the traumatic event
- feeling numb both mentally and physically
- avoidance of social activities
- difficulty concentrating on tasks and at work
- misuse of alcohol and drugs
- self harm
- suicidal thoughts