Post Traumatic Stress Treatment Cairns

Post-Traumatic-Stress-Treatment-CairnsDo you think that you, or someone you know, is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD is a group of symptoms which arise after an individual experiences a significant traumatic event. Not everyone who experiences such an event will develop PTSD, however, it is not a sign of weakness or something to be ashamed of.

PTSD is commonly associated with soldiers returning from war torn areas, however, it is a condition that is suffered by civilians across a wide range of professions including emergency service workers, police and ambulance workers. It can also affect people who have been involved in accidents or weathered the effects of a natural disaster.

Could you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

PTSD can present itself in a number of ways and sometimes suffers may not recognise the symptoms or recognise that something is wrong. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms typically involve:

Flashbacks of the traumatic event

  • Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
  • Flashbacks (acting or feeling like the event is happening again)
  • Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
  •  Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
  •   Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event such as a pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension and sweating

Avoidance and numbing

  • Avoiding activities, places, thoughts or feelings that remind you of the trauma
  • Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
  • Loss of interest in activities and life in general
  • Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
  • Sense of a limited future (you don’t expect to live a normal life span, get married or have a career)

Increased anxiety and emotional arousal

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hypervigilance (on constant ‘red alert’)
  • Feeling jumpy and easily startled

The effects of PTSD are devastating to both individuals and the people in their lives. Irritability, outbursts of anger, nightmares, emotional withdrawal and social isolation are all PTSD symptoms that can have destructive consequences on individuals and their families if assistance is not sought.

If you are concerned that you may have PTSD, call Cris Jones from Seachange Psychology today on 4041 4147 for more information and advice on treatment options.

Help is a phone call away

Seachange Psychology is a local practice that provides the latest strategies to treat PTSD.   Owner and Practising Psychologist, Cris Jones has over 32 years of experience supporting people dealing with life changing events.  His specialist skills and knowledge enable him to implement the techniques that have been shown to have significant success in treating PTSD.

For more information download our information sheet or Cris today for a confidential conversation on 4041 4147 .

Cairns Psychologist Rebates

Health fund rebates may apply and you don’t need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment. If you do see your doctor and he writes you a Mental Health Care Plan to see a psychologist, you are entitled to 12 sessions in a calendar year and you will receive a rebate from Medicare of approximately $84.80 as at 2015.