Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a mental health problem that a person may develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event such as a combat, a car accident, fire natural disaster, physical or sexual attack. Symptoms of PTSD generally appear soon after the traumatic event but in some cases people may also come and go over years.

Symptoms vary from person to person but may include:
Nightmares and sleep disturbance; repeated, disturbing and unwanted memories of the stressful experience;
Suddenly feeling like the stressful experience was happening again;
Avoiding memories or external reminders of the stressful experience;
Having strong negative beliefs and feelings, and; hypervigilance.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO,2013) Guidelines Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Focuesed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF CBT) are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents and adults with PTSD.
Trauma focused CBT works assist to develop a person's emotional coping skills as well as exposure therapy.

EMDR incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. It assists people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that develop as a result disturbing life experiences. EMDR can be an efficient and rapid treatment.

Coping with PTSD


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