The challenges of PTSD

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Who develops post-traumatic stress disorder?

A UK survey of the general population in England found that 3 in 100 adults screened positive for PTSD.  It is not surprising that PTSD can be found more prominent in certain groups of people:

 

  • Emergency service personnel
  • Military personnel and veterans
  • Survivors of car crashes
  • Rape and abused victims
  • Prisoners of war
  • Refugees 
  • Individuals involved in humanitarian relief

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What is the treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder?

You may need no treatment if your symptoms are mild to moderate, particularly if the trauma happened less than a month ago. However, if your symptoms are prolonged and moderate or severe, treatment can help you to adjust. If you have severe symptoms 4-6 weeks after the incident, you are likely to need treatment.


Note: some PTSD treatments mentioned below may not be easily accessible or immediately available on the NHS in every area.


Working with our experienced therapists can help you overcome your PTSD and regain control and get your life back on track.  

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Our PTSD treatments involve:

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). Is internationally approved and successful Psychotherapy in which bilateral stimulation (such as eye movements) can help your nervous system become “unstuck” and move on from the traumatic event. 


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or counselling. This involves gradually “exposing” yourself to thoughts and feelings that remind you of the event. Therapy also involves identifying distorted and irrational thoughts about the event and replacing them with more balanced or realistic view.


Other forms of talking treatments such as anxiety management, counselling, group therapy and learning to relax may be advised.


Medication, such as antidepressants. While medication may help you feel less sad, worried, or on edge, it doesn't treat the causes of PTSD.

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR PTSD

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is a evidence-based talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. 

Counselling

Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping identify core beliefs and discover at what point in life or childhood such beliefs were formed.  Talking therapy will help you find ways to deal with your PTSD. 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a tool that many therapists teach and develop individuals to be become more aware of how they truly think and feel about their problems.  Mindfulness helps individuals to develop a greater focus and appreciation on the experiences they are presently having. 

Eye Movement desensitisation Reprocessing

EMDR therapy is an effective treatment for prolonged stress that may be causing depression, such as alcohol, addictions, anxiety, bereavement and trauma.