Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by extremely distressing, scary and frightening experiences known as trauma.
A traumatic experience is described as one where you thought you or someone else might die, be seriously injured or have your bodily integrity threatened.
Types of trauma that cause PTSD includes one-off incidents such as a car accident, difficult childbirth and being attacked. Trauma also includes longer term experiences in childhood such as emotional, physical and sexual abuse; and longer term adulthood experiences such as domestic abuse, torture and experiences during warfare.
PTSD includes having nightmares and flashbacks of past experiences, avoiding reminders of the experience and feeling jumpy or on edge all the time.
PTSD treatments include CBT and EMDR. These help you process the experiences that have happened so the memories stop coming back on their own.
An experienced therapist will guide you through treatment for PTSD helping you make changes based on your goals.
Helen Maharaj, founder of CBT Reflections has over 10 years experience providing therapy for people with PTSD. She has attended training from internationally renowned PTSD experts.
If you think you might be experiencing PTSD please contact us to discuss how treatment can help.