Post traumatic stress disorder can be a terrifying experience that not only affects the individual who suffer from but also those around them. Individuals who have suffered from severe traumatic events tend to suffer from a number of PTSD symptoms and some of these can put yourself or those around you in danger. Through an effective choice of best treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which may include medication along with therapy you can begin to work through your PTSD and eliminate the stress and anxiety that is making you feel trapped, afraid and even at times out of control.
There is no one best treatment for PTSD. Taking into account your circumstances, timelines and SMART goals to be achieved an appropriate therapeutic approach is adopted. As a clinical psychologist we can choose from:
Many individuals who suffer from PTSD will also suffer from flashbacks or a sense of losing touch with reality this is were a number of grounding techniques can be incredibly helpful. If you suffer from this frightening effect of PTSD your therapist can help teach you some techniques such as; be more aware of your surroundings and using your sense to describe specific objects, run water over your hands and describing the feeling, or diverting your thoughts to something else that you know well (the alphabet, animals, colors). These techniques will help you gain control over your thoughts.
Arousal Reduction Techniques
Through therapy session you will be presented with a number of arousal reduction techniques or techniques that will help relieve the anxiety you begin to feel in certain situations. Some of these techniques can be simple breathing exercises, mindfulness practices and focusing techniques. Your therapist will help work with you to find the best arousal reduction technique to help you recover from your PTSD.
Evidence Based CBT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most effective therapies to help with PTSD. Through this therapy individuals learn how their emotions, thoughts and action can add to the symptom of PTSD such as stress and anxiety. Individuals learn how to have better control over these stressors and to stay present in the moment instead of letting their anxiety and stress control the situation.
A highly effective technique that many individual who suffer from PTSD benefit from is using imagery rescripting. Through this patients are asked to work through the trauma using visualization. The traumatic occurrence is first addressed and then modified to rid the patient of feeling victimized. Through this the individual not only works through the traumatic event but is also taught how to react differently in term of feeling and thoughts that revolve around the event.
This type of therapy can include family member or significant others of the person being treated. Through narrative therapy individuals focus on their own thought and views of themselves. Bringing in others to the therapy session greatly aids in telling specific stories or narrative of the person being treated. It can be a rewarding experience that helps the individual slow adjust the views they have on themselves and specific events that may be causing them to become overly stressed.
Exposure therapy is used to help individuals work through their experiences instead of just avoiding them. This can help people who suffer from PTSD greatly cope with their fears and face them.
Mindfulness techniques such as certain mediation or yoga exercises can benefit individual who suffer from PTSD because it allows them to retrain their mind, focus their thoughts and gain better control over them. Most therapy session will involve some form of mindfulness technique to not only help relax the individual but to help teach them to stay present and to become more aware of their actually surroundings.
Post traumatic stress disorder is a terrifying experience that can make individuals feel trapped and in a constant replay of a traumatic event or experience that have gone through. Through therapy you will not only work with a therapist to learn effective coping mechanism to relieve stress and anxiety but to also effectively address the fearful issues that is causing the PTSD. This therapy can be through a number of techniques and your therapist can work closely with you so you can regain control on your thoughts, actions and reaction to stressful situation that can bring about overwhelming anxiety.