PTSD is described in a legal context of an individual, either as a participator or witness related to the traumatic event. In todays society, there is violence and fueds on a daily basis in every part of the globe ie the Gulf war, the London bombing, and the Twin Towers.
Individuals would normally be referred to psychologists who specialise in this field. However, individuals may wish to consider a therapy called Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing [EMDR]. It is costly [averaging £100 per session] with a minimum of twelve sessions to be considered of any benefit.
Serving armed forces personnel used to be treated at Catterick [in patient] or Haslar [out patient]. However, these units have since closed and outside agencies are now sourced. There is no available statistics to show how many who receive psychiatric treatment return to work, although it is known a fair number are medically discharged. The care does not always extend to part time volunteer personnel.
Common symptoms are “Jekyl and Hyde” behaviour, aggressive outbursts, feeling unable to cope with their daily living, unreasonable demands of others, isolating ones self, drinking excessively, nightmares, anxiety, panic attacks, restricting family members behaviour for fear of harm to them, guilt, poor diet, and poor sleep.
Disaster After Care
This organisation helps survivors cope with pyschological aftermath of disasters and traumatic events.
Web : www.disasteraftercaresvs.co.uk Tel : 0870 765 0368
Charity that provides therapy and residential respite to ex service personnel and TA personnel specifically geared to those suffering with PTSD.
Web : www.combattstress.org.uk Tel : 01372 841616