Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
It is inevitable that throughout our lives we will all experience our fair share of stresses, strains and difficult situations. For most of us, recovery from these events will be a natural process which occurs over time, without the need for further help. For others however, certain traumatic and frightening events can trigger a reaction which can last for a period of months, or even years.
This reaction is known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition which manifests both physically and psychologically and is thought to occur in approximately 30% of individuals who experience traumatic events.
The term PTSD is used to describe a range of symptoms, which occur following an involvement in a traumatic event. These events are considered to be both beyond our control, and outside of our normal human experiences. The event itself could be anything from witnessing a road traffic accident, natural disaster or terrorist attack, through to being the victim of a mugging, or witnessing harrowing scenes whilst serving in the armed forces.
Whether you are present during a traumatic event, as a witness, or a direct victim, the intense distress and helplessness you felt in the midst of that situation can have a deep and long lasting psychological effect and can trigger a series of symptoms that can seriously impact on your life.
For some PTSD makes life itself a living nightmare…..often with nightmares stripping away restful sleep, flashbacks eroding happiness and self-confidence.
The slightest sub-conscious trigger encountered will bring sufferers back to the same intense fear and pain.
PTSD is fundamentally dealing with an emotion, the trigger often being an association, thought or experience. The traumatizing event means the brain has learnt something and learnt it well.
Conventional treatments for trauma are often, at best, unreliable and uncomfortable, at worst, cruel and painful. One part of the brain, the amygdala, is deeply involved with memory processing, emotions and decision making, but not logic. When anything vaguely reminds the brain of the original trauma, fight or flight kicks in, and the amygdala is activated, primarily as a survival tool.
PTSD has often been treated by forcing sufferers to confront their nightmarish memories, head on. This treatment, which aims to reduce the effect of painful memories, can actually increase their power. Re-living the event can increase and reinforce the original trauma.
I treat PTSD and Trauma with amazing results. It involves three key techniques, which enable rapid trauma relief.
The process is comfortable, fast and highly effective. The trauma is lifted quickly and effectively, negating further trauma relapse. In fact, although the trauma continues to reside in the cerebral cortex of the brain, the historical memory, it is now disassociated from the amygdala and the emotions.
Clients report “the trauma now feels distant”, “I’m free” and “the terrible feelings have gone”.
Now, when they think of the past trauma the feelings are “calm” and “it no longer matters”.
Often, when a client is de-traumatized, they enter a period of growth, where they consider what has been learned from the experience of the trauma itself, and their immense achievement in overcoming it.
This work is immensely rewarding for you, the client, and is hugely empowering, enabling you to rise to the further challenges life may present.