Trauma and PTSD

living with and coping with PTSD?

Psychological trauma can be started by a single event, such as an accident or natural catastrophe, such as an earth quake or tsunami, a violent experience like robbery or rape, or any kind of physical attack, even just the threat of violence can be traumatising. Experiencing trauma can lead to a number of problems with anxiety-based issues, in some instances developing into a serious condition called Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, a detrimental and sometimes lifelong disorder. PTSD can also develop from experiencing long term unrelenting abuse and stress, such as experiencing constantly intimidating situations, in fact any long term or short-term situation that is emotionally damaging fearful or threatening can lead to that person suffering from the effects of trauma. One of the major contributors to developing PTSD, is when people experience a sense of helplessness in a situation, people do not cope well in situations where they feel helpless, having no control or ability to change or challenge the situation can leave the person exposed to major psychological injury.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

WHAT IS PTSD?

Post traumatic stress disorder also know as (PTSD) is an anxiety problem that can have an effect on all aspects of a person’s life, their personal, social and work life, can be severely disrupted. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) This is an anxiety driven disorder that can be produced by seeing or experiencing very frightening and stressful events such as: Road traffic accidents. Physical attacks. Experiencing combat situations. Natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis. After effects of working with aid agencies in war torn countries. Being involved in or being near explosions. Seeing people hurt or killed by terror attacks or accidents in real life or on video. Experiencing any extreme situation that leaves you feeling helpless. Rape or sexual assault.

Understanding symptoms

The symptoms can sometimes start to manifest themselves after a week month or even years after the event has passed. It can be triggered by a smell sound, similar situations or seeing something that links back to the event. All these traumatic events have one thing in common, the huge emotional impact that is felt can be emotionally devastating to that individual person. The problems that develop later on, is not actual trauma, but the post traumatic effects of the traumatising incident, this can evolve into people developing further problems. The trauma may have passed but the experience has gone through a psychological and emotional transformation, developing into a disorder, to be experienced as a panic disorder, phobias and other anxiety driven responses as well as PTSD. People often experience symptoms such as insomnia and night terrors, sometimes reliving the traumatic event through dreams or flashbacks over and over, this can leave them feeling anxious emotional and worn out, they can find it hard to concentrate and often feel helpless and stressed, they can exhibit out bursts of anger and can even react violently to stressful situations, self medication using alcohol or drugs can make it much worse and complicate their lives.

Why me?

As people we are all complex and unique individuals, we all have different strengths and weaknesses, that means we will react to events and situations in our own particular way. It has nothing to do with being weak minded, there are many people who would have been considered to have been strong minded and focused who go on to develop PTSD. Why one person seems to suffer from long term consequentness from experiencing a traumatic event, when another person does not show any long term issues, is still a unknown.

Coping with PTSD

Any trauma is always a past experience that is now manifesting and developing into the present day, and future life, the onset of PTSD may be triggered by an event or experience, or start to emerge over time, it could be days weeks or months, it can appear gradually or relatively quickly with the emotional effects becoming more apparent as time goes on, some may succeed in pushing or distracting their mind from the emotional distress, they may even have some success in suppressing the event. Sufferers can sometimes start self medicating, by taking drugs or start drinking more as they try to cope, as best they can with the anxiety and emotions involved. Using alcohol or drugs as a method of coping that will start to create even more problems, the substances they are using to alleviate the problem may in themselves become a growing issue and add to the difficulties they face. Fear responses may be heightened to the point of setting off panic attacks, these can be triggered by sounds smells, or seeing similar events in the media such as an incident on a TV news program, or even while watching a film. Other heightened anxiety responses can appear to further impact the person’s quality of life such as a social phobias or any combination of anxiety disorders. People experiencing elevated PTSD reactions, need to understand the dangers of driving, or operating equipment where they need to stay aware of their surroundings, to keep themselves and others safe, and in most cases should refrain from such activities until they are feeling better. Helping people with this issue has to be measured and at a pace that is controlled by you, sound only therapy can have an added benefit by creating a more internalised engagement and a in safer environment with a more distant interaction that is built on your terms.

How trauma can manifest itself.

  Increased consumption of alcohol or drugs Increased risk taking such as gambling or driving to fast An increase or decrease in sexual needs Depression Suicidal thoughts Out bursts of anger and constant angry responses Isolating themselves from friends and family Anxiety and panic attacks Over or under eating Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness Low self-esteem and confidence Self-destructive behaviour Loss of focus and poor memory

Recovering from the effects of trauma.

Therapy can be a very important step towards starting or continuing the healing process and may help to uncover the best way forward, which may include tackling the anxiety responses with breathing exercises or meditation or re- framing among many other choices. Remember that starting therapy can be a time full of worry and anxiety, this is normal and to be expected,  there are some ways we can help to reduce the anxiety and start the healing process, by carefully talking and exploring the events when you are ready to do so. Recovering from a traumatic experience will take time, you cannot rush the healing process, just being able to talk about your thoughts and anxieties in a respectful and safe therapeutic environment can make a big difference to your recovery time. You will need time to understand how the trauma has affected you, just talking about the experiences may trigger your anxiety, sometimes therapy is a difficult experience but with care and a balanced approach the benefits maybe well worth the struggle. People having therapy for PTSD  may find that in the actual session or in between therapy sessions, they can start experiencing high levels of anxiety, or start to experience feelings of panic, or notice other ways that the trauma is being expressed emotionally, this can be a difficult time, as long as the therapist is not pushing to much being able to verbalise the experiences, can be very helpful and healing. Sometimes just talking about the event can lead to episodes of clarity, it can lead also to important cathartic moments, or eventually finding a level of acceptance that helps. The past can be very influential on our present-day life, and its effects are difficult if not impossible to ignore, maybe you can’t change the past, but you can moderate its power. Revisiting past traumatic events is a very delicate and difficult endeavour, but it is possible to go over the event and dampen its effects or dispel some of the emotional energy, in time lowering the impact from the trauma, or reducing the incidence of the PTSD symptoms.   As a therapist I have been witness to such remarkable moments in therapy and I know what is possible, unfortunately the only way to find out what is achievable for you, is to take that first step and discover for yourself, what is possible for you.
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Trauma and PTSD

living with and coping with PTSD?

Psychological trauma can be started by a single event, such as an accident or natural catastrophe, such as an earth quake or tsunami, a violent experience like robbery or rape, or any kind of physical attack, even just the threat of violence can be traumatising. Experiencing trauma can lead to a number of problems with anxiety-based issues, in some instances developing into a serious condition called Post- traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, a detrimental and sometimes lifelong disorder. PTSD can also develop from experiencing long term unrelenting abuse and stress, such as experiencing constantly intimidating situations, in fact any long term or short-term situation that is emotionally damaging fearful or threatening can lead to that person suffering from the effects of trauma. One of the major contributors to developing PTSD, is when people experience a sense of helplessness in a situation, people do not cope well in situations where they feel helpless, having no control or ability to change or challenge the situation can leave the person exposed to major psychological injury.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

WHAT IS PTSD?

Post traumatic stress disorder also know as (PTSD) is an anxiety problem that can have an effect on all aspects of a person’s life, their personal, social and work life, can be severely disrupted. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) This is an anxiety driven disorder that can be produced by seeing or experiencing very frightening and stressful events such as: Road traffic accidents. Physical attacks. Experiencing combat situations. Natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis. After effects of working with aid agencies in war torn countries. Being involved in or being near explosions. Seeing people hurt or killed by terror attacks or accidents in real life or on video. Experiencing any extreme situation that leaves you feeling helpless. Rape or sexual assault.

Understanding symptoms

The symptoms can sometimes start to manifest themselves after a week month or even years after the event has passed. It can be triggered by a smell sound, similar situations or seeing something that links back to the event. All these traumatic events have one thing in common, the huge emotional impact that is felt can be emotionally devastating to that individual person. The problems that develop later on, is not actual trauma, but the post traumatic effects of the traumatising incident, this can evolve into people developing further problems. The trauma may have passed but the experience has gone through a psychological and emotional transformation, developing into a disorder, to be experienced as a panic disorder, phobias and other anxiety driven responses as well as PTSD. People often experience symptoms such as insomnia and night terrors, sometimes reliving the traumatic event through dreams or flashbacks over and over, this can leave them feeling anxious emotional and worn out, they can find it hard to concentrate and often feel helpless and stressed, they can exhibit out bursts of anger and can even react violently to stressful situations, self medication using alcohol or drugs can make it much worse and complicate their lives.

Why me?

As people we are all complex and unique individuals, we all have different strengths and weaknesses, that means we will react to events and situations in our own particular way. It has nothing to do with being weak minded, there are many people who would have been considered to have been strong minded and focused who go on to develop PTSD. Why one person seems to suffer from long term consequentness from experiencing a traumatic event, when another person does not show any long term issues, is still a unknown.

Coping with PTSD

Any trauma is always a past experience that is now manifesting and developing into the present day, and future life, the onset of PTSD may be triggered by an event or experience, or start to emerge over time, it could be days weeks or months, it can appear gradually or relatively quickly with the emotional effects becoming more apparent as time goes on, some may succeed in pushing or distracting their mind from the emotional distress, they may even have some success in suppressing the event. Sufferers can sometimes start self medicating, by taking drugs or start drinking more as they try to cope, as best they can with the anxiety and emotions involved. Using alcohol or drugs as a method of coping that will start to create even more problems, the substances they are using to alleviate the problem may in themselves become a growing issue and add to the difficulties they face. Fear responses may be heightened to the point of setting off panic attacks, these can be triggered by sounds smells, or seeing similar events in the media such as an incident on a TV news program, or even while watching a film. Other heightened anxiety responses can appear to further impact the person’s quality of life such as a social phobias or any combination of anxiety disorders. People experiencing elevated PTSD reactions, need to understand the dangers of driving, or operating equipment where they need to stay aware of their surroundings, to keep themselves and others safe, and in most cases should refrain from such activities until they are feeling better. Helping people with this issue has to be measured and at a pace that is controlled by you, sound only therapy can have an added benefit by creating a more internalised engagement and a in safer environment with a more distant interaction that is built on your terms.

How trauma can manifest itself.

  Increased consumption of alcohol or drugs Increased risk taking such as gambling or driving to fast An increase or decrease in sexual needs Depression Suicidal thoughts Out bursts of anger and constant angry responses Isolating themselves from friends and family Anxiety and panic attacks Over or under eating Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness Low self-esteem and confidence Self-destructive behaviour Loss of focus and poor memory

Recovering from the effects of trauma.

Therapy can be a very important step towards starting or continuing the healing process and may help to uncover the best way forward, which may include tackling the anxiety responses with breathing exercises or meditation or re- framing among many other choices. Remember that starting therapy can be a time full of worry and anxiety, this is normal and to be expected,  there are some ways we can help to reduce the anxiety and start the healing process, by carefully talking and exploring the events when you are ready to do so. Recovering from a traumatic experience will take time, you cannot rush the healing process, just being able to talk about your thoughts and anxieties in a respectful and safe therapeutic environment can make a big difference to your recovery time. You will need time to understand how the trauma has affected you, just talking about the experiences may trigger your anxiety, sometimes therapy is a difficult experience but with care and a balanced approach the benefits maybe well worth the struggle. People having therapy for PTSD  may find that in the actual session or in between therapy sessions, they can start experiencing high levels of anxiety, or start to experience feelings of panic, or notice other ways that the trauma is being expressed emotionally, this can be a difficult time, as long as the therapist is not pushing to much being able to verbalise the experiences, can be very helpful and healing. Sometimes just talking about the event can lead to episodes of clarity, it can lead also to important cathartic moments, or eventually finding a level of acceptance that helps. The past can be very influential on our present-day life, and its effects are difficult if not impossible to ignore, maybe you can’t change the past, but you can moderate its power. Revisiting past traumatic events is a very delicate and difficult endeavour, but it is possible to go over the event and dampen its effects or dispel some of the emotional energy, in time lowering the impact from the trauma, or reducing the incidence of the PTSD symptoms.   As a therapist I have been witness to such remarkable moments in therapy and I know what is possible, unfortunately the only way to find out what is achievable for you, is to take that first step and discover for yourself, what is possible for you.
All copyrights reserved. Online Therapy Services

Trauma and PTSD

living with and coping with PTSD?

Psychological trauma can be started by a single event, such as an accident or natural catastrophe, such as an earth quake or tsunami, a violent experience like robbery or rape, or any kind of physical attack, even just the threat of violence can be traumatising. Experiencing trauma can lead to a number of problems with anxiety-based issues, in some instances developing into a serious condition called Post- traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, a detrimental and sometimes lifelong disorder. PTSD can also develop from experiencing long term unrelenting abuse and stress, such as experiencing constantly intimidating situations, in fact any long term or short-term situation that is emotionally damaging fearful or threatening can lead to that person suffering from the effects of trauma. One of the major contributors to developing PTSD, is when people experience a sense of helplessness in a situation, people do not cope well in situations where they feel helpless, having no control or ability to change or challenge the situation can leave the person exposed to major psychological injury.

Post traumatic stress disorder

(PTSD)

WHAT IS PTSD?

Post traumatic stress disorder also know as (PTSD) is an anxiety problem that can have an effect on all aspects of a person’s life, their personal, social and work life, can be severely disrupted. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) This is an anxiety driven disorder that can be produced by seeing or experiencing very frightening and stressful events such as: Road traffic accidents. Physical attacks. Experiencing combat situations. Natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis. After effects of working with aid agencies in war torn countries. Being involved in or being near explosions. Seeing people hurt or killed by terror attacks or accidents in real life or on video. Experiencing any extreme situation that leaves you feeling helpless. Rape or sexual assault.

Understanding symptoms

The symptoms can sometimes start to manifest themselves after a week month or even years after the event has passed. It can be triggered by a smell sound, similar situations or seeing something that links back to the event. All these traumatic events have one thing in common, the huge emotional impact that is felt can be emotionally devastating to that individual person. The problems that develop later on, is not actual trauma, but the post traumatic effects of the traumatising incident, this can evolve into people developing further problems. The trauma may have passed but the experience has gone through a psychological and emotional transformation, developing into a disorder, to be experienced as a panic disorder, phobias and other anxiety driven responses as well as PTSD. People often experience symptoms such as insomnia and night terrors, sometimes reliving the traumatic event through dreams or flashbacks over and over, this can leave them feeling anxious emotional and worn out, they can find it hard to concentrate and often feel helpless and stressed, they can exhibit out bursts of anger and can even react violently to stressful situations, self medication using alcohol or drugs can make it much worse and complicate their lives.

Why me?

As people we are all complex and unique individuals, we all have different strengths and weaknesses, that means we will react to events and situations in our own particular way. It has nothing to do with being weak minded, there are many people who would have been considered to have been strong minded and focused who go on to develop PTSD. Why one person seems to suffer from long term consequentness from experiencing a traumatic event, when another person does not show any long term issues, is still a unknown.

Coping with PTSD

Any trauma is always a past experience that is now manifesting and developing into the present day, and future life, the onset of PTSD may be triggered by an event or experience, or start to emerge over time, it could be days weeks or months, it can appear gradually or relatively quickly with the emotional effects becoming more apparent as time goes on, some may succeed in pushing or distracting their mind from the emotional distress, they may even have some success in suppressing the event. Sufferers can sometimes start self medicating, by taking drugs or start drinking more as they try to cope, as best they can with the anxiety and emotions involved. Using alcohol or drugs as a method of coping that will start to create even more problems, the substances they are using to alleviate the problem may in themselves become a growing issue and add to the difficulties they face. Fear responses may be heightened to the point of setting off panic attacks, these can be triggered by sounds smells, or seeing similar events in the media such as an incident on a TV news program, or even while watching a film. Other heightened anxiety responses can appear to further impact the person’s quality of life such as a social phobias or any combination of anxiety disorders. People experiencing elevated PTSD reactions, need to understand the dangers of driving, or operating equipment where they need to stay aware of their surroundings, to keep themselves and others safe, and in most cases should refrain from such activities until they are feeling better. Helping people with this issue has to be measured and at a pace that is controlled by you, sound only therapy can have an added benefit by creating a more internalised engagement and a in safer environment with a more distant interaction that is built on your terms.

How trauma can manifest itself.

  Increased consumption of alcohol or drugs Increased risk taking such as gambling or driving to fast An increase or decrease in sexual needs Depression Suicidal thoughts Out bursts of anger and constant angry responses Isolating themselves from friends and family Anxiety and panic attacks Over or under eating Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness Low self-esteem and confidence Self-destructive behaviour Loss of focus and poor memory

Recovering from the effects of

trauma.

Therapy can be a very important step towards starting or continuing the healing process and may help to uncover the best way forward, which may include tackling the anxiety responses with breathing exercises or meditation or re- framing among many other choices. Remember that starting therapy can be a time full of worry and anxiety, this is normal and to be expected,  there are some ways we can help to reduce the anxiety and start the healing process, by carefully talking and exploring the events when you are ready to do so. Recovering from a traumatic experience will take time, you cannot rush the healing process, just being able to talk about your thoughts and anxieties in a respectful and safe therapeutic environment can make a big difference to your recovery time. You will need time to understand how the trauma has affected you, just talking about the experiences may trigger your anxiety, sometimes therapy is a difficult experience but with care and a balanced approach the benefits maybe well worth the struggle. People having therapy for PTSD  may find that in the actual session or in between therapy sessions, they can start experiencing high levels of anxiety, or start to experience feelings of panic, or notice other ways that the trauma is being expressed emotionally, this can be a difficult time, as long as the therapist is not pushing to much being able to verbalise the experiences, can be very helpful and healing. Sometimes just talking about the event can lead to episodes of clarity, it can lead also to important cathartic moments, or eventually finding a level of acceptance that helps. The past can be very influential on our present-day life, and its effects are difficult if not impossible to ignore, maybe you can’t change the past, but you can moderate its power. Revisiting past traumatic events is a very delicate and difficult endeavour, but it is possible to go over the event and dampen its effects or dispel some of the emotional energy, in time lowering the impact from the trauma, or reducing the incidence of the PTSD symptoms.   As a therapist I have been witness to such remarkable moments in therapy and I know what is possible, unfortunately the only way to find out what is achievable for you, is to take that first step and discover for yourself, what is possible for you.
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