TRAUMA AND PTSD
I worked for 2 years at an NGO who specialised in the treatment of trauma and PTSD and during this time managed a team of psychologists and social workers and helped to develop a specialised treatment model for individual and families affected by political trauma.
Many people experience a traumatic
event at some point in their lives.
This can be a car accident, abuse or neglect, sexual assault, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to violence of war or political unrest, or a natural disaster.
People react in different ways to
the effects of trauma.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a psychological reaction to a severely stressful situation that is often physically threatening, resulting in anxiety, flashbacks, hyper-vigilance, depression, suicidal thoughts and other mental health concerns. The symptoms of PTSD can make it very difficult to continue with normal life and the following usually interferes with normal functioning:
Avoidance of specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
Anxiety, depression or numbness
Feelings of guilt or shame
Re-experiencing the event through intrusive thoughts or memories of the event, nightmares or flashbacks
Hyper-arousal symptoms such as anger, aggression, shame
Loss of interest in activities that was once considered enjoyable
Change in habits, relationships or behaviour since the trauma
You do not need to carry the burden of PTSD alone.
Psychotherapy is a very effective form of treatment for healing from the effects of trauma. Sometimes it may also be necessary to combine psychotherapy with medication for the best results. Therapy can help a person to make sense of their feelings and experiences and to develop healthy coping skills. Therapy also helps a person to regain a sense of control over their lives and to develop strategies for self-compassion and to create a positive understanding of oneself and the effects of trauma.