Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD as it is now commonly known, refers to a combination of symptoms that may arise following the experience (either by witnessing or participation) of events involving death, serious injury or threat to oneself and/or others.
Typically, such an experience will be unexpected and involve responses that incorporate intense fear, helplessness and horror. Common experiences that will frequently bring clients into treatment tend to include:
- Sexual and physical abuse
- Road and industrial accidents
- Witnessing or involvement in criminal scenarios such as bank robberies, murders and assaults.
The major symptoms that present for treatment tend to include:
Recurring and distressing memories of the event that interfere with the person's daily life
Recurring and distressing dreams
Distressing 'flashbacks' that can involve a 'reliving' of the experience when awake or intoxicated
High levels of distress when reminded of some aspect of the experience.
In addition, many people might find themselves actively avoiding thinking or talking about their experience, and may wish to avoid places, activities and people that remind them of the event. Under such circumstances, it is not uncommon for people to experience:
Sleep and concentration difficulties
Some loss of interest in usual routines and significant activities
Difficulties in experiencing love for and from others
A heightened sense of general anxiety.
It seems important to note here that many of these symptoms can be experienced by individuals who may not have actually been involved in a life threatening or traumatic event. While an alternative diagnosis may be offered under these circumstances, a similar array of treatments will usually be offered.
We offer a range of approach to support a person in gaining a greater understanding of their experience and to help them design ways of beginning to get their life 'back on track'.
Listed alphabetically, our approach to supporting people with PTSD includes: