Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

What is post traumatic stress disorder?

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disabling anxiety disorder that you can develop when you’ve experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a car accident or sexual assault. Some people have delayed reactions; they may be fine for a long time after the event but then a second event may trigger a whole set of symptoms that have been suppressed.

What are the symptoms?

Whether the symptoms have been there all along or come out later and interfere with your daily living, PTSD can happen to anyone, even the kind of people who usually cope really well with what life throws at them.

If you have PTSD you might experience a combination of emotional and physical symptoms:

  • Unwanted thoughts and memories of the trauma
  • Flashbacks and nightmares
  • Feeling upset, tearful or irritable
  • Sweating, shaking or a racing heart
  • Fear of thinking or talking about the trauma
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma: people, places or activities
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Feeling detached and cut-off from other people
  • Loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling jumpy

How we can help treat your PTSD

At Thinkaction, we can help you combat your PTSD through one of two highly effective treatments –  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR). Both treatments are recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).

With Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), your Thinkaction mental health practitioner will help you to identify how thoughts and behaviour impact on your mood. The aim is to help you develop more balanced thinking patterns and change unhelpful behaviour patterns that may cause or prolong symptoms of PTSD. This process is always carried out in a gradual, step-by-step way so you feel comfortable and in control.

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR). Sometimes when we experience a traumatic event, unprocessed memories and accompanying sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings are stored in the brain in ‘raw’ form, where they can be accessed each time we experience something that triggers a recollection of the original event, causing a ‘flashback’. While it isn’t possible to erase these memories, the process of EMDR can alter the way these traumatic memories are stored within the brain – making them easier to manage and causing you less distress.


When life gets too much we can help get you through

Call us on 0300 012 0012.
Ask your GP to refer you.
Text TALK to 82085.

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