Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be treated with Cognitive Processing and Integration (CPI)

 

Popost traumatic stress disorderst traumatic stress disorder has been successfully treated using Cognitive processing and integration therapy (CPI) It is a style of working that helps people return to a previous time, or experience when they were unable to think clearly, or process external information entirely. As a result they are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

One of the most common examples of post traumatic stress disorder is a conflict, or war time situation where circumstances are to a degree, out of a persons control. Events occurring in these circumstances often seem unreal, in the sense they are not normal day-to-day experiences, but are instead shocking and unpredictable. People don’t always know, or forget (out of fear and self preservation) what they are ‘supposed’ to do, and if they later feel bad, or guilty because of this it will not be easy for them to get rid of the thoughts, and emotions surrounding that time. Furthermore, subsequent events that bear even the remotest similarity often cause a relapse.

In reality these thoughts and feelings belong to us, we are responsible for them, and we decide what, and when we think and feel. However, if the experience is unusual, and the person feels bad about what happened – perhaps taking overall responsibility, and not taking into account that other people rightly, or wrongly are also responsible for their own choices, and actions, then the experience has not been properly integrated.The reason why this sometimes happens is because the experience is emotionally traumatic, and it may at the time, have been best to forget, or to push it away. What then happens is negative thoughts and feelings develop over a period of time, and people re-run the feared experience over and over in their head in an effort to find an answer.

By using cognitive processing and integration to address post traumatic stress disorder, the client can begin to reveal, and process their experience which leads to relief from the symptoms of persecution and guilt which is basically what post traumatic stress disorder is about. It is not always clear to the sufferer they have these feelings, or that they could put a name to them to describe how they feel, and this is because people are very good at hiding their feelings. In a conflict situation this is not encouraged because it can hamper, and restrict a soldier, sailor, or airman in their work.

Why do I have these symptoms?

One explanation is that the human psyche exists to protect the person. That is sometimes why we forget, or choose to ignore events and emotions we feel are too complicated, or painful to deal with. This is a useful coping mechanism, learned as we grow up, but when we continue to ignore situations which upset, or induce anxiety the feelings can become overwhelming, and we look for help because we can’t fix everything alone.

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When a client is able to acknowledge, and relate to their experience, they are more likely to allow themselves to accept, and integrate it into their understanding. The objective of the therapy is to reduce anxiety, and give the client insight into their experience.

If you are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, please call Erica on: 07810640685 to arrange a free initial consultation.