POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) usually shows up at various stages after the event. It is usually caused by a traumatic incident in one's life. This can be a road traffic accident, an assault or indeed any other violent event where personal safety is threatened. PTSD can show up at any time after the threatening event varying from months to years. It can be brought about by a number of other difficult life events.

SYMPTOMS.

Symptoms of (PTSD) usually include depression, anxiety, flashbacks and nightmares. Avoidant behaviour may also be present, which can be easily understood when we realise the frightening experience that the client has gone through.

TREATMENT.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are first line treatments for (PTSD). A program of visualisation, using mindfulness, where the client is taken back in session to recall different aspects of the incident. This is done with the consent and clear understanding that the client is ready for this. Before visualisation is started the client and the therapist would need to have a good deal trust in each other. Length of treatment can vary a lot depending on the severity of the presentation.

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