7 Signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD

7 signs of PTSD & How Resource Therapy gets Results

Last century we put a new name to what was know as “shell shock’, battle fatigue and war neurosis – Post trauma stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD has been around for aeons and was seen in ancient times.

PTSD was added to the American Diagnostic Services Manual (DSM) in the 1980’s.

PTSD is defined as a mental health condition which can occur after we see or are exposed to a traumatic event – death, serious injury, sexual violence to ourselves or others. PTSD can happen after a singular event or when we have been repeatedly exposed to trauma as in domestic violence, bullying, child abuse – sexual, physical or emotional.

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We are aware now that hearing details about devastating and traumatic events repeatedly can lead the the development of PTSD. We call this vicarious trauma. This happened to me as a child. See my video here https://resourcetherapy.com.au/

Emergency workers, first responders, Doctors and therapists can be at particular risk due to increased exposure.

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Its important to realise PTSD is treatable, with sound effective and reliable treatment out there. The one I use is Resource Therapy as it has powerful techniques for processing trauma. Being a brief Parts and trauma informed Therapy, Resource Therapy taps into those parts of us that feel trapped, dis-empowered, angry, depressed, anxious and avoidant. Resource Therapy ( RT) is strength based and works to find helping Resources to deal with the future. Free from fear and shame. RT empowers you to feel in control of yourself and feel better.

If you are in Sydney July 29th 6-8pm. I am giving a talk on Trauma Informed Care & Tools for Complex PTSD presentations You have to have registered with the Randwick Mental Health Professionals. Hurry as we are almost at capacity! Here’s the link https://www.mhpn.org.au/

So here are the 7 signs of PTSD. There are more and I will be sharing them soon.

  1. Flash backs – there can be sounds, visual or emotion. Where our traumatic memory is triggered. Suddenly we are no longer in the present. We are taken over by the part who experienced the trauma with the same levels of emotion – overwhelmed. As an example. My husband raises his voice, i tremble in fear. As a child I grew up in a household with domestic violence. I am back under the table hearing them fighting.
  2. Intense Anger and Irritability – we can have low tolerance and quick to anger. Road rage is not uncommon here. One client I worked with who wanted to stop their road rage, found it’s roots were in an childhood assault. We resolved the roots of this trauma and she was able to find a calm state to drive with in the future. This sort of trauma memory is what’s called implicit memory. This lies in our subconscious. Resource Therapy works to elegantly resolve these trapped memories rapidly and empower for real results.
  3. Anxiety and Depression – go hand in hand with PTSD. Disturbed sleep and insomnia are common.
  4. Inability to Focus – a lack of concentration can affect us on our drive home, our work productivity. Our relationships. Our minds repeatedly return both consciously and subconsciously to the trauma. It clouds oru thinking, we can blame, shame and criticise our self. Feeing helpless and hopeless.
  5. Physical Ailments – because we feel guilty, shamed, anxious, suspicious and on alert our emotions can play out physically. We can feel nausea, chills, medically unexplained aches and pains, trembling, restriction of movement, shortness of breath, headaches, heart palpitations and panic attacks. This is our bodies way of trying to protect us. We can feel betrayed by our bodies instinctive reactions.
  6. Isolation and Avoidance – we withdraw from our friends, we turn down invites, we stay home alone. Home may represent a safe zone. If the trauma occurred in the home say in my bedroom, I may start to sleep in the lounge. Avoiding my room. Many clients I have worked with avoid the place or similar settings to where the trauma was. We can feel numb and shutdown, the isolation is internal. We go to work and go through the motions.
  7. Hyper vigilance – it’s as if we are stuck the teen movie the Hunger Games. There’s a lottery where the children have to fight each other in a dangerous world and it’s last person standing. Not for the faint hearted. We are in survival mode. Our awareness is heightened. We have a hair trigger startle response. We have Resources that are switched on and looking out for us. Our body is in the fight or flight condition almost permanently. Trouble is this takes an emotional toll, strung out. We feel exhausted. Our adrenal system is in overdrive and cortisol levels off the charts. You can see the link then to our physical. emotional and psychological health deteriorating.
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The good news is PTSD is treatable. Yay! Resource Therapy is a first line treatment. Tailored to your special situation, its safe, respectful and healing.

The research demonstrates talk therapy is not the most effective treatment here. Exposure therapy may not fully address the underlying root cause. Meditation and mindfulness while useful can form part of an avoidance strategy.

Therapies like Resource Therapy, EMDR, EMIT and EFT access and get results by processing the our trauma stuckness. Find out more today. Book an appointment. Therapists give me a call if you want to help more folks ease their suffering using Resource Therapy. Courses on offer – I have one more space left for the August Foundation 18/19th Sydney.

Thanks for reading. Please comment, reflect and ask me any questions you might have in the comments box below and help others and share via social media and email.

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Below is the Youtube thanks

Hearts can heal using Resource Therapy and good Psychological support

How Many ACES Do Your Clients Hold?

The Adverse Childhood Events study is a mustknow for all mental health clinicians.

In an EMDR conference in the beautiful city of Milan, Italy l was mesmerized listening to Carole Forgash. Here Carole introduced me to the Adverse Childhood Event’s Research. I don’t know why I hadn’t been aware

Bell’s were ringing, my lights were on the Adverse Childhood Event’s (ACE) study and findings made me tingle. I was nodding my head – Yes this makes so much sense!

You really don't want to have too many ACEs up your sleeves
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For those of you working with trauma this is totally need to know stuff. And really if you work with clients it doesn’t take long for the emotional wounds to open.

When I think back over my career, it’s my clients who have educated me so much. Especially so how our young lives affect our present ones.

Here is a short YouTube video introducing the ACE Research. Be fascinated. Saddened. Aware. Trigger warning too. Be gentle.

ACE Study

Thanks for watching. It resonated so fully with my personal experience. Breaking the silence of abuse is crucial.

What’s your reaction to Dr Felliti’s study findings? Please leave your comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts and feelings. Thanks again!

EMDR Conference in Milan!

Milan's beautiful Cathedral

Today my gorgeous friend Alison sent me a blast form the past picture. We had the good fortune to attend the EMDR Conference 4 years ago in Italy together! I fell in love with Milan.

Such a beautiful city.

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Thanks Alison – great trip to Italy – the food, your wonderful company! Super conference on EMDR.

The Conference was amazing. Hat’s off to EMDR Europe. I loved Carole Forgash’s plenary. She introduced us to the ACE study and how important it is to be trauma informed. We need to be aware outcomes of childhood adversity – the physical, emotional, societal, relational, spiritual and psychological .

Every Clinician needs to know about the ACE Research here is a YouTube video ( heads up it made me sigh and brought a tears.)

I can’t say enjoy but will say I hope you watch it. You care, I know you do and want to be aware.

Perhaps you were there? Love to hear from you.