Post Traumatic Stress

 What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

It is:

The development of characteristic symptoms following exposure to an extreme traumatic stressor - this may involve:

  •  Direct personal experience of an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury
  • Threat to one's physical integrity
  • Witnessing an event that involves death, injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of another person
  • Learning about unexpected or violent death, serious harm, or threat of death or injury experienced by a family member or other close associate
  • When a person experiences intense
    fear, helplessness, or horror. Abuse, mental, physical and/or sexual

         The characteristic symptoms
  • The traumatic event can be re experienced in various ways. Commonly the person has recurrent and intrusive recollections of the event or recurrent distressing dreams during which the event is replayed
  • In rare instances, the person experiences dissociative states that last from a few seconds to several hours, or even days, during which components of the event are relived and the person behaves as though experiencing the event at that moment
  • Intense psychological distress  or physiological reactivity often occurs when the person is exposed to triggering events that resemble or symbolise an aspect of the traumatic event.
  • Experiencing  self as different people, multiple personalities or becoming 'depersonalised' and experiencing self as an observer. This can be terrifying for the person and very hard to explain or disclose to others.
  • Avoidance of reminders may include amnesia for an important aspect of the traumatic event
  • Diminished responsiveness to the external world, referred to as "psychic numbing" or "emotional anesthesia," usually begins soon after the traumatic event

  • Markedly diminished interest or participation in previously enjoyed activities

  • Feeling detached or estranged from other people

  • having markedly reduced ability to feel emotions (especially those associated with intimacy, tenderness, and sexuality)

  • The individual has persistent symptoms of anxiety or increased arousal that were not present before the trauma

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep that may be due to recurrent nightmares during which the traumatic event is relived

  • Hyper-vigilance, and exaggerated startle response

  • Irritability or outbursts of anger

  • Difficulty concentrating or completing tasks

       Counselling support

Having helped  and supported many PSTD suffers I am confident I can work with individuals to improve their life and reduce their symptoms.
 I have Experience working with :
  • Soldiers having served in the Gulf War and Afghanistan
  • Relatives of the above
  • Train drivers
  • Police
  • M.O.D.
  • Prison service
  • Transport police
  • Survivors of rape and abuse
  • Survivors of terrorist attack
   Together we can create a comfortable
   and   respectful place to safely 
   address the symptoms of PSTD.   
   Working together to minimise the  
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce flashback
  • Improve mood
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce unwanted negative thoughts
  • Make sense of the condition
  • Work towards regaining a normal range of thoughts
  • and feelings
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