The majority of the population will experience at least one trauma during their life time. A traumatic event poses an emotional shock to people, and sometimes it can be very difficult to understand what has happened and come to terms with it. When faced with a trauma, it is quite normal to develop unpleasant thoughts, feelings, emotions and bodily sensations. The prevalence of post traumatic stress disorder is approximately 5% for men and 10% for women.

Symptoms

The person witnessed, experienced or was confronted with an event(s) that involved actual or threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence.

According to diagnostic criteria from DSM-V the traumatic event might result in the following difficulties:

  • Persistent re-experiencing of the trauma through involuntary intrusive memories, or traumatic nightmares, or flashbacks, or physiological reactivity or prolonged psychological distress.
  • Persistent avoidance of anything related to the trauma, this includes thoughts and feelings.
  • Negative alterations in mood and thoughts that began or worsened after the traumatic event.
  • Alterations in arousal and reactivity. This includes hyper-vigilance, irritability and anger, difficulties with concentration, sleep disturbance and self-destructive or reckless behaviour.

Best Evidence-Based Treatments

A compelling evidence base and National Institute of Health Care and Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend the following two treatments for post traumatic stress disorder:

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:
The therapy is grounded in CBT, which looks at the relationship between thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physiological states with the additional component of processing the trauma memory to aid normal recovery from trauma.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR):
EMDR helps people to process traumatic memories so that the memories are no longer disturbing. EMDR involves helping the patient to alter visual or auditory attention (i.e., shifting focus to what is seen or what is heard) while noticing or observing negative thoughts, emotions or bodily sensations. The intention is to unblock difficulties in informational processes allowing for rapid emotional processing of traumatic events.

Elite Psychology comprises of an expert team, specialising in the range of best private evidence-based therapies for post traumatic stress disorder. Our highly qualified associates are accredited in the most successful therapies, complimented by psychiatrists who can prescribe medication on private prescriptions. We can assess you and provide the most efficacious therapy tailored to your difficulties. We know the importance of being understood, and endeavour to deliver the highest standard of psychological interventions to meet your needs.

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