Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which is often triggered when a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events i.e. involvement in a serious car accident or the victim of an assault. If you are involved in, or witness to, a traumatic event it is common to experience upsetting, distressing or confusing feelings afterwards. This is perfectly understandable and most people find that these symptoms disappear in a relatively short period of time. Symptoms may include disturbing recurring flashbacks, avoidance or numbing of memories of the event and hyperarousal (high levels of anxiety). If these symptoms persist for longer than a month, or are very extreme, you may be given a diagnosis of PTSD.

How can Kate Meads Associates help?

Assessments

If you are experiencing PTSD, an assessment from Kate Meads Associates will focus on how your symptoms are affecting your life and preventing you from living your life as you wish. This could include something specific such as returning to, or remaining in, the workplace, managing within your home environment or engaging in activities that you used to enjoy.

During the assessment your occupational therapist will need to have a detailed but sensitive conversation with you focusing both on your strengths and the areas in which you are experiencing problems. To assist this process, your occupational therapist may utilise a variety of tools and strategies dependent on your needs.

As our focus at Kate Meads Associates is on helping you improve what you are able to do each day, our assessment will pay particular attention to your daily routine, including the roles you have i.e. as a parent, an employee, a business executive etc. This will enable us to understand the impact your symptoms are having on your life and work with you to identify realistic and achievable goals to increase your functional performance and your overall quality of life.

Reports

Kate Meads Associates will produce a detailed, yet accessible report of your assessment which will provide a summary of the barriers that get in the way of you fulfilling your roles and routines as you wish and make a number of recommendations that might help. We aim to get the report back to you within 10 working days of the assessment.

Therapies and treatment for PTSD

If you believe that you have PTSD, it is important to seek medical advice from a GP who will be able to explore medication options. In addition, occupational therapy is also an important part of overcoming PTSD and reducing its impact on your life and this is where Kate Meads Associates can help.

Our therapists at KMA are highly trained and experienced - they are passionate about providing evidence-based interventions to improve your functional performance. Each treatment plan will be individual, underpinned by occupational therapy philosophy, taking a person-centred and strengths-based approach. Our ultimate aim is to help you achieve your goals and improve your functional performance.

Your therapist will work with you to understand triggers, barriers and established strategies you currently use. She will also help you to learn and put into practice techniques that help control your symptoms as well as allowing you to focus on your roles and routines. These may include:-

  • Behavioural activation
  • Personal goal setting
  • Graded Return to work/other life roles
  • Anxiety management techniques
  • Relaxation
  • Mindfulness
  • Establishing a Wellness Recovery Plan

Do you or anyone you know have difficulty…

  • Managing or performing day to day roles/responsibilities either at home, work or school?
  • Achieving a work/life balance?
  • Dealing with difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions?
  • Participating in day to day activities?

If so, please contact one of our occupational therapists on 01264 326308 for a free “no obligation” telephone consultation to discuss your needs and find out how we may help.

View our case study about Isobel, a 40 year old lady with a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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