When you have had a terrible experience, it is natural to be shaken up, at least for a few days. Some people are able to continue with life more or less as normal before too long. But when some experience a loss, an attack, an assault or almost anything that is radically outside their normal experience, it can seem impossible that they will ever get back on their feet.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is the term given to a range of symptoms that follow an extremely stressful event. It could be something like military service, a car accident, a mugging, a terrorist attack, sexual assault or natural disaster. And as well as affecting the direct victims, PTSD can affect their loved ones, rescue crews, police officers or witnesses.
PTSD is more than sadness or anxiety. It begins to consume one’s life, preventing them from functioning as normal. Sufferers may be unable to go to work or see their friends and family.
It’s common for survivors to have flashbacks, perhaps triggered by everyday things such as an overheard snippet of conversation or a news story on television. They may also be paranoid that a grievance of the type experienced may soon reoccur.
What’s more, post-traumatic stress disorder is largely misunderstood by those who have not suffered it – and a failure to, for example, perform at work or maintain relationships may be seen as wilful. Some have been accused of using the syndrome as an excuse to shirk responsibilities.
If this sounds familiar, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress. It should be overcome as it does not necessarily get better over time – at any rate, it is likely to get worse before it does.
The first thing to realise is that PTSD is treatable, and while you will not be made to forget about your experiences altogether, you can be freed from the near-constant thoughts and anxiety brought on by the memories.
The exact nature of therapy depends on one’s individual circumstances – it is completely tailored to you and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach.
With counselling and hypnosis in Swansea, you can be assisted in moving past your experiences and resuming life as close to normal as possible. In some cases, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) will be used to lessen the after effects of the trauma through calming sequences of lights, sounds and vibrations.
These techniques have helped countless people pick up the pieces and move on in life. Suffering in silence does not lead to a solution – so you would be advised to reach out for help where you can find it.