Post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health issue that can develop after a traumatic event, causing the person to feel terrified, and experience flashbacks and nightmares. The traumatic event can be a one-off or a series of severe incidents.  Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through flashbacks and nightmares, and may experience symptoms of stress and anxiety.  They may also experience sleep difficulties and lack concentration on a daily basis.

A person may involuntarily and vividly relive the traumatic event in the form of:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Repetitive and distressing images or sensations
  • Physical sensations of anxiety and pain

PTSD may result in the person become avoidant, angry and irritable, and may lead to other problems such as misusing alcohol or drugs, or other mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and specific phobias.

What are the causes of PTSD?

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Cognitive and behavioural therapy (CBT) helps us to understand our issues by breaking them into five smaller parts – Situation, Thoughts, Emotions, Physical Sensations and Behaviour. These five parts are normally interconnected and maintain the problem.

Using this CBT model, we can explain some of the common signs of PTSD:

How can we help?

PTSD develops because the traumatic experience can be distressing that we want to avoid any reminders of it, and seek distraction to stop our mind from thinking about the situation.  Our brain does not process the memory of the traumatic event because of the avoidant behaviour, and so problem remains current instead of a memory in the past.  Therefore, each time we are reminded of the trauma, we experience the same level of distress and feel traumatised repeatedly.

You can overcome PTSD and break the cycle by reliving the traumatic incident, allowing your brain to process the traumatic event into a memory, filing it away into a filing cabinet in our mind, so that it becomes an event in the past rather than a current problem.

Mindset Rethink can help you to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of PTSD
  • Identify and set specific and manageable goals
  • Explain the CBT model to you and how it can help with PTSD
  • Grounding techniques
  • Imagery work
  • Reliving techniques
  • Gradual exposure work
  • Narrate and rescript the traumatic event
  • Mindfulness and breathing exercises

PTSD develops because the traumatic experience can be distressing that we want to avoid any reminders of it, and seek distraction to stop our mind from thinking about the situation.  Our brain does not process the memory of the traumatic event because of the avoidant behaviour, and so problem remains current instead of a memory in the past.  Therefore, each time we are reminded of the trauma, we experience the same level of distress and feel traumatised repeatedly.

You can overcome PTSD and break the cycle by reliving the traumatic incident, allowing your brain to process the traumatic event into a memory, filing it away into a filing cabinet in our mind, so that it becomes an event in the past rather than a current problem.

Mindset Rethink can help you to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of PTSD
  • Identify and set specific and manageable goals
  • Explain the CBT model to you and how it can help with PTSD
  • Grounding techniques
  • Imagery work
  • Reliving techniques
  • Gradual exposure work
  • Narrate and rescript the traumatic event
  • Mindfulness and breathing exercises

Complementary therapy techniques

PTSD can be very distressing, which can develop the symptoms of anxiety.  The more avoidant behaviour we engage in, our brain does not process the traumatic event and it maintains the distressing experience associated to it.  It may benefit you to find ways to bring your focus in the here and now, to not engage in avoidant behaviour, and to help you differentiate between real time and past events.

You can go for the First Aid Kit for Distress by collecting things that are meaningful to you and help to soothe your senses.  For example:

  • Vision: You may have your favourite movies, or pictures of people or places that bring you comfort or make you laugh
  • Hearing: You may have your favourite music, or recordings of voices of people who comfort you, or relaxation recordings that help you to relax
  • Smell: You may have your favourite perfume or scented oils or candles
  • Taste: You may have your favourite snack or treat, or ingredients to your favourite recipe
  • Touch: You may have your favourite blanket, teddy bear, or object, or lotion or oil that you like the feel of

By using your senses, it can offer you some relief from the distress, and therefore allow you to think rationally about situations.

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