PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and psychologist
When we live through difficult situations we can, not surprisingly, be affected by it/them to various degrees. This could be in reaction to a major life threating trauma or an event (or series of events) that lead us to have strong feelings. The range of symptoms people can have, after trauma, is wide and can be of varying severity.
There are specific criteria to meet a diagnosis of PTSD including: when the event/s happened; experiencing the difficult situation again in your mind in some way without you wanting to (e.g., having flashbacks); you avoiding places/other triggers connected with the event/s and; having after-effects that involves your body (e.g., being on “red alert”).
Many people feel helpless in the face of such strong feelings and reactions. PTSD symptoms will bring down your mood, lead to anxiety, hopelessness and other feelings. See a psychologist and PTSD can be overcome.
Research has shown that effects post trauma and PTSD can be greatly helped by psychological therapy to the extent that trauma related symptoms completely disappear for many people once the trauma has been worked through. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published guidance on the use of specific psychological therapies. We offer Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT for PTSD) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR for PTSD) with people suffering from the aftermath of trauma. Many Clinical Psychologists use CBT and/or EMDR to help trauma sufferers.
Some people also report post-trauma associated growth afterwards; they feel different, stronger in some way, having lived through such unwanted experience/s (although they did not feel that way when they were still struggling with the symptoms). Why delay seeking help now?
See also: Anger issues; Anxiety and worry; Depression / low mood; Difficulties with managing your emotions; Issues relating to early life experiences; Mood disorders; Relationship difficulties; Self-confidence; Self-esteem; Stress; Substance use issues (e.g., alcohol); Trauma (including Complex Trauma).
Written by © Dr Jurai Darongkamas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, (with over 35 years’ experience). The above has been written to provide a brief overview for the reader. It should not be used as a basis for any action until after obtaining a professional opinion about your unique difficulties, strengths, circumstances, life history, etc.