About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD treatment is available, you do not need to suffer alone.
PTSD is not something that only affects soldiers who have seen active combat. PTSD can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic event or witnessed the event as it occurred to someone else. This could include being a victim of a serious accident or attack, being a survivor of a car accident or a natural disaster, or following a serious illness (for example covid-19). It can also include being repeatedly exposed to distressing details of an event as can often happen in certain professions (e.g. police officer). Birth trauma is a particular interest of mine and you can click here to find to more. It is important to remember that trauma is subjective and people’s responses to events vary – two people can go through exactly the same event and have entirely different reactions to it. There should be no judgement if you feel traumatised by an event in which others have not.
PTSD symptoms vary but can include increased anxiety, being on constant high alert, physical reactions to reminders of the event, irritability, avoidance of reminders, feeling cut off to emotions or the environment, flashbacks (feeling the event is happening again), or nightmares. During and after a trauma there are changes in the areas of the brain associated with the fear response (the amygdala) and memory formation. This means traumatic memories are not stored in the usual way, but instead the memories are vivid and fragmented, and can be triggered by reminders. It can be a confusing and frightening experience. Trauma can leave people feeling isolated and lonely.
PTSD symptoms can sometimes dissipate over the immediate weeks following the trauma, and for this reasons it is not diagnosed as PTSD within the first four weeks following the trauma. If, however, symptoms continue, you should seek professional help. Speak to your GP and request specialist PTSD treatment. I am trained in evidence-based trauma focussed therapy, as recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, including EMDR which is a very effective trauma treatment.
For a confidential conversation about the ways I can provide PTSD treatment for you in Essex please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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