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  PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects many people who have suffered difficult, dangerous situations in which life or personal safety has been severely threatened. Hence many soldiers and emergency service workers are in danger of developing this condition, sometimes through single harrowing events, sometimes through repeated exposure to traumatic circumstance. Rape, abuse and violence victims, those who have been in accidents, people who have been bullied and many others suffer PTSD symptoms, often unrecognized. And some can also be severely traumatized by experiences in which they have been made to imagine very vividly that they are menaced.

Symptoms of PTSD include
  • flashbacks
  • constant reliving of particular traumatic events, sometimes as if the experience were still happening
  • nightmares
  • sudden uncontrollable sweating, trembling and other automatic nervous/physical reactions
  • repeating and often inexplicable feelings of terror
  • hypervigilance
  • loss of confidence
  • panic attacks

Many sufferers do not know why they experience such symptoms and they too commonly lead to depression, anxiety, addiction and other difficulties. Untreated PTSD has been responsible for wrecking many lives - quite unnecessarily.

 
PTSD is curable

Because we now understand much better the learning of the emotional brain, in the vast majority of cases, it is possible to achieve speedy resolution of PTSD symptoms. This is done through skilled therapy tailored to suit individual clients, targeting the way in which traumatic memories are stored in the brain system and coaching new skills of confidence and relaxation. However, difficulties that may have developed around the condition need to be addressed thoroughly at the same time, so that effective therapy generally takes at least 3 sessions. The therapy is not at all voyeuristic, respects privacy and does not involve excessive introspection.

Free sessions for Military Personnel

Military and former military personnel suffering PTSD symptoms may be able to arrange a course of free sessions with us (or with a network of therapists in other parts of the country) through the charity PTSD Resolution. Contact www.ptsdresolution.org.

 

 

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