Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder



This is a disorder characterized by failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. This is a very common condition and one estimate says there are over 10 million cases per year in our country. The condition may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma. The victims often show intense emotional and physical reactions.

Who is at risk and what are the symptoms?

• Person directly experiencing the traumatic events; those with exposure to actual or threatened death, victims of serious injury or sexual violence
• Person experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to aversive details of the traumatic events
• Those experiencing recurrent, involuntary and intrusive memories of the traumatic events
• People who have recurrent distressing dream related to certain traumatic events
• Those exhibiting irritable behaviour and prone to angry outbursts typically expressed as verbal or physical aggression towards people or objects
• Maintaining hypervigilance
• Reckless or self-destructive behaviour
• Problems with concentration

WHAT TREATMENT HELPS?
The effectiveness of psychotherapies on reducing anxiety, stress and phobia is well established. In particular, cognitive behaviour therapy and clinical hypnotherapy have shown the most encouraging results.

Medication is not usually recommended in the treatment of mild to moderate psychological problems. However, in some cases, it may be helpful to consider a combined approach of counselling and medication and we will advise on the right way to go about it.


HOW EFFECTIVE IS OUR TREATMENT?

Our panel has highly trained and qualified mental health professionals with competence as either cognitive behaviour therapists, clinical hypnotherapists, clinical and counselling psychologists. They have the necessary skills, competence and experience to help people overcome difficulties after determining the type of disorder and the right approach for that condition.