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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a recognised mental illness, which comes under the category of anxiety disorders. It is a condition that develops following exposure to a series of frightening or life-threatening experiences. A single life threatening experience may also lead to PTSD. In this condition, an individual tends to replay the traumatic event in the mind, literally re-living the horrific experience repeatedly. Sufferers often experience flashbacks, nightmares, or both. Some specific people, locations or items tend to trigger off memories of the event to a larger extent, which may lead to avoidance behaviour and an extreme sensitivity to normal experiences in life.

PTSD can be caused by any kind of shocking or catastrophic experience. For example, kidnapping, torture or exposure to natural disasters can lead to symptoms of PTSD. Sometimes traumatic events such as a mugging, robbery, sexual assault and abuse can also lead to this condition. Length of time of exposure to the trauma, severity of the trauma, previous emotional experiences, low self-esteem, pre-existing mental health issues and lack of emotional support are factors that can increase the chances of an individual experiencing PTSD symptoms.

At Optimum Psychiatry, our team have extensive clinical experience of treating patients with PTSD, and we are able to offer structured, individualised treatment plans to achieve the best possible chances of recovery. Our Consultant Psychiatrists are able to offer medication to treat the most distressing symptoms, as well as providing structured psychological therapies, such as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TFCBT).