Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD

While we once thought that PTSD was reserved for soldier’s coming back from war or survivors of horrific experiences; recently it has become recognised that PTSD can arise in a number of situations often considered day to day stressors. The key is how a person is coping with the situation and not the trigger situation itself.

We now know that women who experienced painful and difficult birth can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, any traumatic experience of birth, can give the same PSTD symptoms.

If you experience the following for longer than one month;

  1. Persistent re-experiencing of the event by flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, and intense distress at reminders of the event.
  2. Persistent avoidance of reminders of the event, and emotional numbing and estrangement from others.
  3. Persistent symptoms of increased arousal. This means difficulty falling or staying asleep, irritability or outbursts of anger, difficulty concentrating, hyper vigilance or an exaggerated startle response,

You need to take action and have this incapacitating reaction to the stressful event totally removed and feel back in control, calm and able to carry on life once more.

I use a unique combination of Counselling, Hypnotherapy and EMDR, which focuses on disturbing memories and alleviates symptoms of PTSD. EMDR therapy reduces the lingering effects of these symptoms and allows clients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. I have found this combination therapy make the most lasting and fastest changes.

With just a small investment, make a huge improvement in your well-being. It’s time to take control and make the most of what life has to offer.

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