This programme is a thirty year case study which illustrates the nature of the problem and principles of management. It has been made for the professionally interested audience who may have little experience of such situations. The main teaching points are highlighted using graphics and captions and the programme is divided by chapter points for teaching purposes.
When Should PTSD Symptoms Become A Concern?
Most people develop PTSD after a traumatic incident. It’s important to monitor PTSD symptoms after they start. Usually, around 4 weeks after the event, symptoms will begin to reduce. If they don’t, then further treatment will most likely be required. Even if symptoms reduce, it is a good idea to have a follow-up appointment.
Visiting Your GP
Post traumatic stress disorder treatments need to be amended to fit the patient’s needs. This means that when visiting the GP to discuss treatment, their GP will have to do an assessment to see exactly how the PTSD affects them (as well as making sure that PTSD is the most likely diagnosis). However, a referral to a mental health professional will be necessary for further treatment of PTSD, for example a psychologist, psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse.
PTSD and War
Part three of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder explores the psychological impact of war and conflict and how these problems can be dealt with and prevented. Features interviews with qualified professionals in the field of psychiatry, medical care and community support and a war veteran seeking treatment for PTSD from which he has suffered for many years.
Staff Treatment and Management
Part four of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder illustrates methods for dealing with vulnerable staff and professionals caught up in disaster relief situations. This segment is useful for senior professionals and management teams in medical and psychiatry roles.
Is It Ever Too Late To Start Treatment?
The best post traumatic stress disorder treatments available are psychological therapies, usually combined with medication to ease anxiety. Post traumatic stress disorder can really affect quality of life. The good news is that it is never too late to start treatment.
Psychological Therapies and Medication
Psychological therapies are highly recommended for PTSD, above all other treatments. A commonly used therapy is cognitive behavioural therapy – this is useful for many other mental health problems as well. For more severe cases, medication may be recommended. It is likely the medication would be a type of SSRI antidepressant. Medication is only usually used as a last resort in these circumstances. There is also a treatment called EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing). The patient makes side-to-side eye movements (usually following an object or the therapist’s finger) while they remember and describe the traumatic event. It is unclear why EMDR works well when treating PTSD, but evidence suggests it does help to change negative thoughts relating to trauma.
What to Do If You Think You’re Suffering From PTSD
If you think you may have symptoms of PTSD, visit your GP. Your GP will refer you to a mental health professional who specialises in this area, and you may be given the ideal treatment for you.