Understanding Trauma – A Guide for Adults and Adolescents

Understanding Trauma – How to Get Help

Understanding trauma – Some people recover from a trauma with no or little additional support, especially if symptoms are mild. However, many people can develop chronic symptoms that can be long lasting. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the name given to describe these symptoms. Psychological support can be very effective in helping people with PTSD. Therapies available on the NHS include Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and trauma focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (tf-CBT). Continue reading “Understanding Trauma – A Guide for Adults and Adolescents”

What is PTSD and what are the Symptoms?

What is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.

Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult. These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life. Continue reading “What is PTSD and what are the Symptoms?”

Explaining EMDR – A Guide for Parents and Carers

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing or EMDR for short is a relatively new therapy originally developed to help people deal with the effects of traumatic experiences. It is an extremely effective treatment for children as well as adults who have had traumatic experiences.

It is also helpful for a variety of emotional and behaviour problems in adults and children.

There is a wealth of information about current research available on the World Wide Web (www.emdr.association.org.uk). This article answers the questions most frequently asked by parents and children. Continue reading “Explaining EMDR – A Guide for Parents and Carers”