Post-traumatic stress disorder clinic (PTSD)

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is the diagnosis applying to many people who have been through an event experienced as overwhelming and traumatic.  Following this, a well known cluster of psychological symptoms known as PTSD may occur.  These symptoms include re-experiencing the trauma through, e.g. recurrent and intrusive memories, nightmares, ‘flashbacks’, avoidance (of thoughts, people, places, emotions associated with the trauma), and arousal (anger, sleeplessness, hyper-vigilance).

Who could suffer from PTSD?

There is a wide range of people who may suffer from PTSD including people affected by the following:

War and conflict
Rape
Assaults
Sexual abuse
Road traffic accidents
Operative procedures
National disasters such as Hillsborough and Zeebrugge

PTSD treatments

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence in the UK (NICE 2005) recommends only two psychological treatments as effective and evidence based for PTSD and these are Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

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