If you’ve recently experienced something traumatic and can’t get it off your mind, you may need help. At Stone Wellbeing, you can rest assured that all your troubles will be considered and treated by a professional skilled in PTSD treatment who focuses on resolving trauma.
Opening up to somebody, especially a stranger, about something personal or triggering can be difficult. Coming to terms with it can be arduous and challenging. As a professional, I am highly skilled, and trained in understanding and resolving the different types of trauma. Most importantly, I create a safe space for clients to open up. My goal is to only work toward your health and betterment.
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What Is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition caused when we experience something terrifying. PTSD can be triggered by experiencing or reimagining a terrifying event that you can’t seem to get out of your head. It can have an adverse effect on your life, especially when it is related to your personal life. If this event starts interfering with your day-to-day routine, it’s time to see a professional.
Each individual circumstance is different, where others may experience symptoms of PTSD a month after a traumatic event, to which others can display behaviour related to post traumatic stress disorder years after the said event. It is important not to downplay your symptoms as they can play a substantial role on your social, professional and personal life and relationships.
The symptoms for PTSD are generally grouped into four different genres. This includes intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in mood and thinking and changes in physical and emotional reactions. However, symptoms can vary person to person. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Severe anxiety
- Intrusive thoughts
- Negative changes (thoughts, mood)
- Changes in physical reaction (sleep, irritability, lack of focus)
- Changes in emotional reaction (guilt, shame, frightened, paranoia)
These symptoms vary from person to person and are not the only symptoms
Most people who have endured trauma have a tendency to struggle adjusting to reality where the traumatic event occurred. However, for most, this struggle is temporary, to which time and self-care will heal those struggling.
If symptoms associated with your mental health condition worsen where its lasted for years and it interrupts your daily activities, you may have PTSD. If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms or behaviours, you must receive effective care for this condition, before it can worsen and threaten your life more.
If you feel that you or someone you may know needs help and attention, post traumatic stress disorder treatment is available at Stone Wellbeing. Give me a call or book a time for an introductory call, to find out how.
What is the most common treatment for PTSD ?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the most common treatment used for PTSD therapy in Melbourne.
CBT usually involves meeting with a therapist weekly for up to four months. The two most effective types of CBT for PTSD are Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). CBT is 50-75% effective for overcoming depression and anxiety after 5 – 15 modules. CBT sees mental illness as associated with “faulty” reasoning, and in resolving this, negative behaviour and emotions are addressed.
In comparison, The Richards Trauma Process™ is 89-92% effective for overcoming depression and anxiety after 3 – 4 sessions.
How to get rid of PTSD fast ?
The only way to get rid of PTSD fast is to get help and address your issues. Apart from that, it is important to rest enough, eat healthy, exercise and relax from time to time.
Can PTSD be treated ?
Yes, PTSD can most definitely be treated, to which PTSD treatment in Melbourne is available to those you need it.
How much does PTSD treatment cost?
PTSD treatment cost varies depending on the treatment therapy(s) applied and the skill/cost of the practitioner. Established trauma treatments for PTSD are more widely accessible with the option to receive Medicare or private health rebates. Consider the example of a clinical psychologist at APS recommending an hourly rate of $290, Medicare providing a $129.55 rebate for 10 sessions per year and the APA recommendation of 16 sessions to treat PTSD. This comes to a total out-of-pocket cost to the client of $3,344. Now compare this to trauma therapists providing TRTP™ through Stone Wellbeing would be a total cost of $1,900 with the possibility of rebates from private health insurance depending on the provider.
How do you calm down PTSD?
There are many healthy coping skills for PTSD that can help ease anxiety and other symptoms. These strategies may help reduce the intensity of anxiety, lessen its frequency, and/or make it more tolerable.
If you feel intense fear and freeze up, a deep breathing exercise can help calm your reaction. Other coping strategies may also be helpful such as performing relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, meditation, muscle relaxation exercises, listening to soothing music, or getting in touch with nature.
However, many people turn to unhealthy coping such as alcohol and drug abuse to self-medicate their symptoms. This leads to the risk that they end up with PTSD plus an addiction and creates a complication for treatment.
How many sessions are required to treat PTSD ?
Every treatment is personalised according to the patient. There is no said time or number of sessions that guarantee complete treatment. With time, things will get better.
What is the best PTSD therapy in Melbourne?
The Richards Trauma Process (TRTP™) has been specifically designed to resolve trauma and is a very effective treatment to resolve the effects of PTSD. In a Preliminary Outcome Report in 2019, TRTP was assessed as being 89-92% effective for overcoming depression and anxiety after 3 – 4 sessions.
What treatments are most effective for PTSD?
Established trauma treatment for PTSD uses therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), prolonged exposure (PE) therapy and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR). These have moderate rates of effectiveness and can be slower and risk reactivating traumatic experiences. Newer therapies, such as TRTP™ are safer and can be more effective, while internal family systems (IFS) therapy is more extensive.
What are PTSD attacks like?
A PTSD attack or episode is when you experience intense PTSD symptoms that can last for hours, with a severity that prevents your ability to work or function in your daily life. During a PTSD attack, you may have intrusive thoughts, visions, nightmares, or a flashback where you experience vivid memories or relive traumatic events. PTSD attacks can cause intense anxiety and fear, dissociation or feeling disconnected from yourself and the world, and physical symptoms like shaking, difficulty breathing, sweating, and a racing heart. Feeling afraid is a common symptom of PTSD that may be constantly present.
What are PTSD triggers?
PTSD triggers can include sights, sounds, smells, or thoughts that remind you of the traumatic event in some way. Some PTSD triggers are obvious, such as seeing a news report of an assault. Others are less clear. For example, if you were attacked on a sunny day, seeing a bright blue sky might make you upset.
PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. Symptoms can vary over time or vary from person to person and vary in intensity over time. You may have more PTSD symptoms when you’re stressed in general, or when you come across reminders of what you went through.