PTSD is not a sign of weakness. It is however a normal (though not inevitable) response to an abnormal situation. The symptoms can feel overwhelming but in order to overcome PTSD you can confront the problem and what happened to you, learning to accept it as a part of your past so that it doesn't continue to negatively affect your present. This process is much easier with the guidance and support of an experienced therapist
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If you are considering getting help for problems related to your military service, an accident or other traumatic incident you have come to the right place! Helen has worked for over 18 years directly with serving personnel who have developed (amongst other difficulties) PTSD, as a result of various service-related experiences, for example: in NI, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghan etc, she has worked with soldiers in their transition to civilian life and with veterans as well as members of the Emergency Services.
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“Recovery” is being able to move out of the mental and ‘emotional war zone’ you’re still living in and it won’t happen overnight. But, take each day as it comes and with the right support, you’ll start to see progress. As you learn how to deal with your combat stress or other traumatic incident, you’ll also be learning skills that will translate into success in the rest of your life by learning tools you can use for much more than overcoming PTSD.
You CAN begin to feel safe again, reconnect with others, deal with nightmares and flashbacks, cope with feelings of depression, anxiety, grief or guilt, and restore your sense of control.
There are several different types of treatment for PTSD including...
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy a type of “talking therapy” that involves carefully and gradually exploring thoughts and feelings about your experience. Therapy may also involve identifying any potentially distorted or irrational thoughts about the event and working together to 'restructure' the way in which the memory is stored so that memories of your experience become more story-like and feel less emotionally overwhelming on a day-to-day basis.
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with eye movements or other forms of rhythmic, left-right stimulation, such as hand taps or sounds. These are thought to work by “unfreezing” the brain’s information processing system, which is interrupted in times of extreme stress.
- Medication is sometimes prescribed to people with PTSD to relieve secondary symptoms of depression or anxiety. While antidepressants may help you feel less sad, worried, or on edge, they do not treat the causes of PTSD.
- Positive Resource Building is an important part of the process in either TFCBT or EMDR. Learning positive ways of coping and managing difficult feelings, maximising well-being and a healthy lifestyle supports the therapy process.
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