PTSD & Trauma
Have you had a sudden terrifying experience that felt overwhelming at the time, and subsequently found that you increasingly can’t cope with everyday life anymore?
If so you could be suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
What is PTSD?
PTSD can affect all of us. There is no special type of person who is more or less pre-disposed to this condition than anyone else. It can occur following a single extreme event or following long bouts of prolonged difficulty and hardship. Whilst there are generalisations about the signs and symptoms of PTSD, there are no hard and fast rules about what makes up this condition.
Examples of PTSD
- One day Mary was driving her children to school along the normal route. Through no fault of her own her vehicle played a small part in a fatal collision. Now her children continually re-enact violent car crashes in their play and Mary does not know how to help them.
- Time off work hasn’t helped Ryan cope with his uncontrollable shaking. He is a police constable with years of experience who was savagely attacked from behind. Now whenever Ryan needs to deal with a standard call out he has a strong physical response that prevents him from doing his job.
- Jane was abused as a child. Now she is unable to achieve intimacy and closeness with any of her friends, let alone her sexual partners. Aware that something is wrong and missing within her life she tries to fill the emotional void with casual sex and cocaine.
- After returning from the conflict in Afghanistan, Jason feels alone and isolated. He has seen his friends under extreme duress and became acclimatised to a life where danger lurked round every corner. Now he is back in the UK he finds it difficult to turn off his anxiety and can’t find anyone who understands his situation.
The Effects of PTSD
PTSD can make you avoid people and everyday activities. Many sufferers can turn to medication, drink and other addictive past-times to try to reduce the constant anxiety and profound fear that can result from their experience. They may have persistent flashbacks, nightmares, prolonged physical tension, guilt, irritability and intrusive thoughts. This can ruin their relationships, destroy their work and make them feel like they are losing everything that is important in life.
How Therapy Can Help
I have extensive experience using practical evidence-based therapies including trauma focussed CBT, EMDR, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. These are proven methods that are known to help resolve these situations.
The first step is booking a free consultation session. This will give you an opportunity to discuss any problems you are having in a judgement free, relaxed fashion where we can explore the options available for you. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and with the right therapy you can be free from this anxiety.