Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which can be caused by extremely stressful, frightening or traumatic events. The Trauma Practice offers a range of PTSD treatments to help and support people suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
Symptoms of PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD describes a disorder when trauma symptoms last longer than four weeks. 'The essential feature of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the development of characteristic symptoms following exposure to one or more traumatic events. The clinical presentation of (PTSD) varies. In some individuals, fear-based re-experiencing, emotional, and behavioural symptoms may predominate. In others, dysphoric mood states and negative cognitions may be most distressing. In some cases, arousal and reactive-externalising symptoms are prominent, while in others dissociative symptoms predominate. Some individuals exhibit combinations of these symptom patters. ' REF: DSM-5 APA, 2013
Living with these symptoms makes life difficult. They are a normal response to an abnormal situation. When these symptoms have lasted over four weeks some professional help can make a big difference. PTSD is now a treatable disorder and with the right help and support you can get better.
Causes of PTSD
There are many causes of PTSD as any kind of situation that a person finds traumatic can result in their suffering symptoms of PTSD. Traumatic events may include a serious road accident, a traumatic childhood experience, trauma experienced at work, violent assault such as a robbery or even serious health problems. Whatever the cause, symptoms of PTSD can start to occur immediately or sometimes they occur weeks, months or even years after the traumatic event.
How is PTSD treated?
The structure of PTSD treatment is dependent on the client being treated. There is an emphasis on safety, grounding, stabilisation and building a strong therapeutic relationship between client and therapist.
The mainstream evidence-based treatment for PTSD is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). This is a bilateral stimulation therapy which enables you to process a traumatic memory as a normal memory. Once this happens the mind and body can begin to recover in a normal way and a normal life can be resumed.
EMDR is not necessarily appropriate for all clients and types of therapy. For example, Complex-PTSD would need a more traditional psychotherapy type approach.
The PTSD treatments and therapies we offer
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy
How long will PTSD Treatment Last?
PTSD treatment varies in time length from person to person. For a one-off traumatic incident which has happened to a person who is used to being in homeostasis, treatment is likely to be a couple of months. For someone who has experienced multiple traumas who is not familiar with being in a place of safety treatment is likely to be longer and compromise of more traditional psychotherapy with adjunct EMDR intervention.
The key benefits of PTSD Treatment
- PTSD treatment leads to the cessation of trauma symptoms
- PTSD treatment allows you to reconnect with your true nature
- PTSD treatment helps you feel relaxed and connected
- PTSD treatment can reduce avoidant behaviours
- PTSD treatment can help you to enjoy life as normal
Contact us to Book PTSD Treatment
07944 996 646