Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that is triggered when a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic life event. We will all experience some sort of traumatic experience in our lives and it is normal to shown signs of distress following these events.
However, whilst a person may experience some of the symptoms of PTSD or psychological trauma, most people won’t get a diagnosis, because the disorder is a little more than just being distressed about something in your past.
Symptoms of PTSD generally occur within the first 6 months after such an incident and can include:
- Reliving the experience in a form of flashbacks or nightmares
- Numb emotions and avoidance of certain places, people and events
Irritation, anxiety and jumpiness
- Difficulty with sleep and concentration
All of these symptoms can cause disruption to somebody’s daily life and can be triggered by your own thoughts and feelings, the actions of somebody else, or seemingly nothing at all.
Physical responses may include racing heart/palpitations, sweating, shaking as well as the following behavioural symptoms:
- Avoidance : A person may avoid certain places or people in an attempt to block out thoughts and feelings that could potentially remind them of the event. They may experience difficulties feeling or showing emotions and find it difficult to remember some parts of the event in question. The person may also lose interest in taking part in activities they once enjoyed and become reclusive.
- Hyperarousal : A person may demonstrate irrational behaviour and feelings of anger or irritation. They may be easily startled and constantly on guard or awaiting danger. A person suffering from hyperarousal may also express difficulties with concentration and sleep disturbance.
PTSD can be a difficult illness to cope with but with the right support and treatment programme it can be managed and you can get your life back.
Complex PTSD Treatment UK
Here at Serenity we provide a safe environment with highly qualified staff who are up to date on the most advanced and evidence-proven PTSD treatment techniques that will support you on your journey towards healing.
We have a number of advanced treatment options to suit any potential patient and their unique situations, including counselling and rehab. We also have PTSD treatment manuals and other resources to help you continue to treat yourself at home.
We also understand that taking the decision to commit to a treatment centre as an inpatient can be difficult, especially when you may be asking what is PTSD treatment and what does it involve?
Because of this you can schedule a tour of one your local rehab centers free of charge and with no obligation to see the available PTSD treatment facilities, resources and the general environment. This is the best possible first step into building a PTSD treatment plan to manage your symptoms.
PTSD Treatment: EMDR
EMDR (Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) is a contemporary method of treatment that has been found to reduce the symptoms of PTSD very effectively.
During this PTSD treatment rapid eye movement is used as a tool to help dullen your traumatic memories.
In its most basic form it consists of following your therapists finger or tool with your eyes, or listening to them playing a tone while recalling your traumatic experience.
EMDR can reprogram your memories to an extent and help you change the way you approach your thoughts about a specific event.
PTSD Treatment: Exposure Therapy
We use exposure therapy for a wide range of fear and anxiety related mental issues including GAD and PTSD treatment training. Exposure therapy consists of exposing you to images or feelings related to your traumatic experience, while controlling your response to this stimulus. It can be a stressful situation at first, but is one of the most successful PTSD treatment programs in the long term.
Group Therapy for PTSD
Talking to other PTSD sufferers and sharing experiences and coping strategies with them can be a pretty big help, both for understanding your condition and generally being able to socialise. There are specialised groups around too such as ones for PTSD treatment in the military or for PTSD treatment for veterans.
Medication for PTSD
Outside of the therapeutic methods listed above, medication can also be used to help stabilise more serious and long term post-traumatic stress disorder. Paroxetine and Sertraline are the antidepressants most commonly used for PTSD, but others have shown to be useful too.
PTSD treatment guidelines suggest using medication can be very beneficial in certain circumstances but there are a variety of situations where it is not wise to prescribe them so it is best to trust our doctors or your local GP – a lot of people assume medication is the be all end all of treatment and they won’t get better without it, but this is far from the case, and theoretically, CBT has a better chance of making this claim.
PTSD Residential Treatment UK
If you have serious PTSD and want the best and most immediate treatment outcomes, you might consider staying at one of our residential PTSD treatment centres.
Treatment centres can be found all over the UK and are among the world’s most successful centres when it comes to the eradication of PTSD symptoms and helping patients get their lives back.
Even if you don’t think you need residential treatment, a call to us is always a wise idea as we are able to offer:
- FREE advice and guidance on PTSD treatment: NHS, local clinics and support groups in your area.
- FREE assessment and consultation to see how we could help you.
- FREE advice on PTSD and managing your symptoms.
- FREE PTSD treatment plan examples.
If you think our residential PTSD treatment centres UK or otherwise would be beneficial to you, but are worrying about managing the costs, please call us on 0800 118 2892 and ask about our Credit Scheme (or any general PTSD questions you may have).
Of course, if you have any questions or need advice regarding your PTSD treatment goals and current symptoms, please don’t be afraid to contact us immediately for free, no obligation guidance.