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Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Some experiences are so intense and have such a great impact on us that we simply do not know how to deal with them. You may be a victim of assault or (sexual) violence or you may have been involved in a traffic accident. These are all traumatic experiences; you will feel intense fear and tension at the moment these events take place. This is your body’s instinctive survival reaction – also known as the fight-flight-freeze response.
But for some people, the tension lasts much longer. You may suffer from vivid memories, flashbacks or nightmares and you may feel nervous. You might also feel anxious, ashamed or guilty. You are so consumed by the past that you are unable to focus on the present or the future.
Symptoms of PTSD
Exposure to a traumatic experience is likely to leave you feeling upset – that is completely logical. For most people, the feelings start to fade after a few days as the mind and body become calm again. But this is not the case for everyone. If these symptoms persist for longer than one month following a traumatic experience and they are interfering with your normal daily life, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Common symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome are painful memories of the traumatic experience, flashbacks, nightmares, nervousness and avoiding certain activities or places. This may be accompanied by concentration problems, sleep problems, chronic worrying and feelings of guilt and shame. If these symptoms last for longer than one month and interfere with your daily life it is likely that you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
EMDR is one of the most effective treatments for PTSD.
What to expect?
An 8- to 16-week
to your needs
discussions with a
coaching from a
What can I do today to relieve my PTSD symptoms?
Starting something new can feel challenging, especially if you are struggling with trauma-related symptoms. By visiting this web page, you have already taken the first step – you are aware of your situation and you are seeking information. Here is a list we have made for you of some best practices – you can try these tips out straight away:
Perhaps there are people who you can talk to in confidence about what happened. Talking about the trauma can provide some relief and help you to figure out where your limits lie; staying within these limits can also help you to feel stronger!
If there is no one you feel comfortable talking to, you can contact one of our psychologists or discuss your situation anonymously at OpenUp.
Take a step-by-step approach to improving your eating habits. Eat three healthy meals every day.
Take regular exercise – go for a walk, a swim or a bike ride.
Make sure your day is structured: wake up and go to bed at regular times.
Make a list of your top five relaxing activities and try to incorporate these into your daily life.
What do our clients say?
“Nine Gramberg has given me insight into who I am, what I want from life and how I can continue to function in society. She was skilled in guiding me to discover the solutions myself.”
Peter-Paul, Dec 2019
"Pleasant and personal approach, professional and to the point. Good combination of face to face appointments and online follow-up / reminders to remain engaged in the process.”
Anonymous, Nov 2019
"I had 100% trust in my psychologists because of their kindness, empathy and professionalism. I felt they really cared about me. They did everything they could to help me move forward.”
Anonymous, Nov 2019
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Would you rather have the support of a professional?Contact one of our psychologists today without obligation. You can talk about your feelings and symptoms and get information about a suitable treatment programme for you.