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Trauma and PTSD: Understanding and Coping with the Aftermath

Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that can leave lasting emotional and psychological scars. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop in some individuals following a traumatic event.

Traumatic events can include a wide range of experiences, including natural disasters, acts of violence, military combat, car accidents, and sexual assault. When someone experiences trauma, their brain processes the event differently, leading to memories and thoughts that are difficult to control and can cause significant distress.

Symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Intrusive thoughts or memories of the traumatic event

  • Avoidance behaviours, such as avoiding places or people associated with the trauma

  • Negative changes in thoughts and feelings, such as feelings of guilt, shame, or anger

  • Arousal and reactivity symptoms, such as being easily startled or having difficulty sleeping


If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of PTSD, it is important to seek professional help. There are many effective treatments for PTSD, including therapy and medication.

Therapy for PTSD typically involves talking through the traumatic experience and learning coping skills to manage symptoms. Some common types of therapy for PTSD include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Exposure Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Medications can also be helpful in managing symptoms of PTSD, including antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. It is important to work with a healthcare professional to determine the best course of treatment for you.

In addition to seeking professional help, there are self-care strategies that can help you manage symptoms of PTSD. These include:

  • Practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques

  • Engaging in physical activity and exercise

  • Connecting with supportive friends and family members

  • Seeking support from a therapist or support group

Remember, healing from trauma and PTSD is possible. With the right support and treatment, individuals can learn to manage their symptoms and live fulfilling lives.

There are several options available at our clinics in Preston & Penwortham depending on your independent problem, needs and goals including counselling, CBT, trauma focused psychotherapy, and EMDR


To find out more about our therapy options and to receive a recommendation on which therapy would be most appropriate for you, please click on the button below to book a free consultation.

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