POST-TRAUMATIC

STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a set of reactions that can occur after someone has been through a traumatic event. The event may be a single occurrence such as a serious accident, a bereavement, a sexual assault, a miscarriage, a house fire or a burglary, or it may be a serious of events in a period of time such as being bullied, getting divorced, being neglected as a child, being sexually abused, conducting military or emergency service. It may be that you have directly experienced the traumatic event or serious of events, or witnessed it/them, or that someone close to you has been involved.

Sufferers of PTSD will typically re-live the event or series of events by experiencing distressing and unwanted memories, nightmares and flashbacks. These will commonly provoke feelings of deep upset and generate strong physical reactions such as heart palpitations and difficulty breathing. PTSD sufferers will need to take steps to avoid reminders of the event(s), including places, people, thoughts and feelings that bring back traumatic memories. Also very common are feelings of anger, guilt, irritability, numbness, edginess, depression and anxiety. A sufferer of PTSD might blame themselves of others for the traumatic events and might cut themselves off from friends and family, and lose interest in day-to-day activities. Very common too in cases of PTSD are risk-taking behaviour and the use of drugs (both prescription and illegal) and alcohol as a coping strategy. Usually PSTD suffers experience difficulty sleeping too.

An effective method of treating PTSD is the Rewind technique. I was trained by the developer of this technique and am a qualified practitioner of it. PTSD can be a very frightening, isolating and disabling condition. Using the Rewind technique I will allow you to control your recall of traumatic memories in order to banish the symptoms of nightmares and flashbacks and to avoid letting the traumatic past spoil your future.

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