Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition where you have recurring distressing memories, flashbacks and other symptoms after suffering or witnessing a traumatic event. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition which develops after you have been involved in, or witnessed, a serious trauma such as a life-threatening assault. During the trauma you feel intense fear, helplessness or horror. In some people PTSD develops soon after the trauma. However, in some cases the symptoms first develop several months, or even years, after the trauma. In helping them cope with their symptoms many individuals avoid situations that would trigger the flashbacks or memories and engage in a range of safety seeking behaviours. Initially the avoidance and behaviours helps you to cope but they also have a function of perpetuating your fears and restricting your life.

In an assessment session, you will be encouraged to look at your problems and develop goals as well as developing a shared understanding of your problems .A plan will be developed collaboratively with an estimated number of sessions together with a review date, should this be appropriate. Further CBT sessions involve setting an agenda for the sessions, summaries to check understanding and homework tasks to help to facilitate changes. This may involve keeping records of thoughts or activities or it may involve doing things differently to observe the outcomes, reliving the trauma and dealing with the beliefs related to the trauma. At the end of each session there is an opportunity for feedback and to raise any difficulties.

The NICE guidelines for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence outline evidence based treatment CBT is the suggested approach together with medication in more severe cases.

It is important to seek help from your GP or a mental health professional should you experience symptoms of traumatic stress to enable you to access the help that you need.

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