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.
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, patients 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.
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.
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.
PTSD is caused by exposure to a traumatic event e.g. a violent attack or rape or period of trauma e.g. soldiers in active combat. Victims may have witnessed a distressing sight or been personally harmed either as a child or adult. ‘Secondary PTSD’ is a type of the illness which can affect those who are close to others 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, have a very stressful job that exposes you to traumatic events or have little or no support network around you from family or friends.
Delayed-onset PTSD – This type if 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.
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