What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD for short is an anxiety disorder and can affect 1 in 3 people who experience a very stressful, frightening or disturbing event.
Due to the upsetting nature of the event, people may encounter unwanted memories. These memories return either as flashbacks throughout the day or as dreams during the night leaving the person feeling anxious, angry, upset or depressed.
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Who does Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affect?PTSD can affect anybody who has experienced a traumatic event, men, women and children.
What types of event could cause PTSD?
- Road Accidents
- Personal Assaults (Muggings, Sexual Assaults or Robbery)
- Prolonged sexual abuse, violence or neglect
- Witnessing Death
- Military Combat
- Terrorist attacks
- Being held hostage
- Natural disasters (floods, earthquakes, tsunami)
What are the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
After exposure and especially after repeated exposure to a traumatic or series of traumatic events PTSD can change the way that your brain works and you could experience any or combinations of the following:
- Flash backs (replaying event)
- OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
- Increased stress levels
- Activated “fight or flight” mechanisms
- Alcohol or other substance abuse
How will Cognitive Behavioural Therapy help for PTSD?
At Oxford CBT we offer specialist Trauma-focused CBT which includes a range of psychological treatment techniques to help you come to terms with the traumatic event. Our trained therapists will support you to access and overcome the traumatic event and reclaim your life.
Contact us to book a session of CBT for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.