Trauma is a psychological condition that can manifest in a multitude of different behaviours in those that suffer.
The banner of 'Trauma' includes everything from unresolved grief which might be considered one end of the spectrum through to accidents, incidents, bullying, abuse in all it's forms, through to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a diagnosed condition.
The resulting symptoms can be very similar in sufferers, irrespective of perceived severity of the cause, age and psychological make up of the sufferer.
Any traumatic incident that happens in life, whether we are personally involved, or whether you were just a bystander, can have an effect on you.
Accidents & Incidents happen everyday and we may just experience it and then be able to move on, and not really think about it again. But for some it can have a long lasting negative psychological effect, that then impact on a person and get in the way of them functioning normally in life.
This particular therapy can assist in removing or lessening that negative memory, re-coding it, which will allow you to function 'normally' again without the trauma and emotion of it constantly being at the forefront of your mind, so that you can put it to the back of your mind....for good.
Abuse of any kind is clearly extremely traumatic, and something people can find very difficult to talk about.
Abuse can be physical or sexual or a mix of any of those aspects, but also mental or verbal, all of which can cause the same response. The abuse can cause a whole host of negative feelings to the sufferer and their affect can last a whole life time.
These can range from mild neurosis in the form of unwanted functioning, thinking or behaviour, through to deep depression.
Using specialist techniques means you don't need to share the details with the therapist, or even discuss what the event was, which of course to some clients is a huge relief. It negates the needs to re-live the event or talk about the details which can be very difficult .
You may have a strong desire to keep the event private and that is absolutely fine - with this therapy technique there is no need to disclose anything at all to make the therapy effective.
Bullying is a dreadful experience to go through and can be very traumatic.
This can be relevant to either the person who has been a bully or the victim of bullying.
Being a victim of bullying often takes place over an extended period of time so that the psychological affects on the sufferer are cumulative and can be extremely traumatising.
The person who is the perpetrator of bullying has a different problem, if they are seeking therapy it is probably to address anger issues which is or has caused the bullying behaviour or to address the deep feelings of guilt for having bullied someone to start with.
Both circumstances and needs can be met and resolved for each of the sufferers.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/PTSD - Is the name given for a diagnosed Anxiety based condition when a person has undergone an extreme traumatic event or number of events. This has become synonymous as a War specific condition however also widely diagnosed for as result of severe Accidents and Terrorist Incidents. Its symptoms include frequent vivid stressful, frightening memories and flashbacks in re-living the event, Insomnia, Emotional instability and survivor Guilt to name a few. It invariably has a substantial affect on a persons ability to function normally.
We are able to deal with the extreme emotions that drive the memories and flashback, we can't change history, but we can most certainly assist the sufferer in removing the heighten responses, so that life returns to a more normal functioning for the Client.
PTSD is a very misunderstood, misdiagnosed and mistreated condition. Psychology overcomplicates the neurology, psychology and psycho-physiology of PTSD.
We commonly associate PTSD with war veterans returning from conflict but PTSD is a manifestation of an anxiety disorder in which a definite 'catalyst' is identifiable.
When PTSD sufferers are provided with a clear explanation of the science, it immediately makes sense to them.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/PTSD - Is the name given for a diagnosed Anxiety based condition when a person has undergone an extreme traumatic event or number of events. This has become synonymous as a war specific condition however also widely diagnosed for as result of severe accidents and terrorist incidents. Its symptoms include frequent vivid stressful, frightening memories and flashbacks in re-living the event, insomnia, emotional instability and survivor guilt to name a few. It invariably has a substantial affect on a persons ability to function normally.
We are able to deal with the extreme emotions that drive the memories and flashback, we can't change history, but we can most certainly assist the sufferer in removing the heighten responses, so that life returns to a more normal functioning one for the Client.
PTSD is only unique amongst the disorders in that there is an identifiable catalyst.
Psychology focuses on identification of the catalyst and utilises therapies which address the catalyst repeatedly in a treatment session structure. Sufferers find that temporary reassurance can be gained from discussion but CBT 'talking therapy' style therapeutic devices can and will only serve to perpetuate the condition and the memory of the initial catalyst.
These sessions can and do reassure the client, but they do not focus on recovery and certainly don't provide any long term relief or solution.
Utilising specialist techniques, created to specifically achieve fast recovery and outstanding results, means we are able to remove it simply and effectively.
Postnatal depression - PND
Having a baby is a big life event, and it's natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after your pregnancy. But if they start to have a big impact on how you live your life, you might be experiencing a mental health problem.
Around one in five women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth. This might be something you have never experienced before, or it could be another episode of a mental health problem you've experienced before. These are known as perinatal mental health problems.
Perinatal depression is depression experienced during pregnancy (known as ante or prenatal depression) or after childbirth (known as postnatal depression). Many people are aware of postnatal depression (PND) but it's less commonly known that you can experience depression during pregnancy as well.
You might be feeling sad and low, tearful for no apparent reason, feeling worthless, or hopeless about the future. Generally unable to cope,
irritable and angry, guilty and feel hostile or indifferent to your husband or partner or hostile or indifferent to your baby. These can all be signs that you might have post natal depression.
Talking treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) have been shown to be fairly effective, however evidence has proved that Human Givens Psychotherapy , which is also accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, is the most effective treatment available for lifting depression over and above C.B.T. (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
PTSD and birth trauma - A traumatic birth is something that can be overlooked, and can cause severely distressing psychological effects. Miscarriage can also be overlooked. It isn't just the actual process that is traumatic, it is the devastating loss and this can be a very lonely and heart-breaking event that can leave long lasting psychological damage if the right help isn't sought.
You may have been told by your GP or you think you have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Some reasons you may experience this is if you have had a difficult labour with a long and painful delivery, or an unplanned caesarean section
emergency treatment, or any other shocking, unexpected and traumatic experiences during birth.
This is also called birth trauma. The impact of these experiences is often underestimated, as people may feel that the baby is adequate compensation for the trauma and that, as a new mother, you will soon forget it in the joy of motherhood.
However, a traumatic childbirth and developing PTSD can impair your relationship with both your baby and your partner. You may feel acute disappointment that childbirth was not the experience you were hoping for, and feel angry with the medical staff if you felt that the delivery wasn’t handled well.
You might be experiencing flashbacks or unwanted memories of the traumatic birth, feeling that the trauma is happening all over again, you may have intrusive thoughts and images, nightmares, intense distress at real or symbolic reminders of the trauma, physical sensations such as pain, sweating, nausea or trembling. You might feel you are on constant alert or feeling on edge, so being easily startled.
Panicking when reminded of the trauma, being easily upset or angry, even aggressive behaviour. A real lack of lack of concentration.
Avoiding feelings or memories and avoiding situations that remind you of the trauma, or you may not be able to remember aspects of the event. Feeling detached, cut off and emotionally numb, so feeling unable to express affection. Or you might be resorting to using alcohol or drugs to avoid the memories.
PTSD is something that requires specialist help, to process the traumatic event, and get you back to normal life as quickly as possible.