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Purple Tinged Skin Discolouration

Purple Tinged Skin Discolouration PTSD UK supporter Mel, has written this incredibly powerful poem ‘Purple Tinged Skin Discolouration’ – many people feel that there would be less stigma, or more understanding if PTSD was a physical condition that people could

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PTSD UK Art Competition

PTSD UK 2021 Art Competition is Open! PTSD UK has launched a competition to find powerful and empowering art for a new book to help support people with PTSD – and we need YOUR artwork please! Enter the competition here

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Medication for PTSD

Medication for PTSD Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common mental health condition caused by experiencing, or witnessing a traumatic event, and the symptoms of which are varied but can be persistent and severe. Thankfully, there are plenty of successful

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Counselling and Talking therapies for PTSD

Counselling and Talking therapies for PTSD Talking therapies have been increasingly used in recent years, as people explore the best ways to tackle depression and anxiety. According to NHS figures, 1.6m people were referred for talking therapy in 2018-19, a

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Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Prolonged Exposure Therapy and PTSD One of the most robust ways to address the symptoms of PTSD is to engage in various types of exposure-focused cognitive behaviour therapy. Though it’s always vital this is done with the support of a

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Music Therapy for PTSD

Music Therapy for PTSD Music can connect us to strong memories (good and bad). It can move us and create a swell of strong emotion. It has been used for centuries to soothe or enchant, as well as to create

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How TRE can help people with PTSD

Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) for PTSD There are multiple ways to tackle the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Which means even those people with complex and persistent PTSD can find a therapy – or combination of therapies –

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How writing can help people with PTSD

How writing can help people with PTSD An empty notebook can suggest limitless possibilities. It’s also one of the simplest and best tools to improve your mental health, including when you have a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. Many people

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Narrative Exposure Therapy

Narrative Exposure Therapy and PTSD Among the techniques used to support people with PTSD is Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). It can be a group work option or used for one-to-one counselling and support, as a short term intervention. NET is

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Decluttering, Organising, and Exercising

Guest Post: My Story, My Essentials: Decluttering, Organising, and Exercising for PTSD From yoga to acupuncture, surfing to forest bathing, there are a huge amount of activities and therapies that can help ease PTSD symptoms. In this guest post, Katie

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Case Study: EMDR Treatment – Sophie

Case Study: Sophie’s EMDR Treatment Sophie* underwent EMDR treatment after being diagnosed with PTSD following a trauma. Here, Sophie explains more about her EMDR treatment, what happened in her sessions, and how she feels EMDR ‘saved her life.’ (*Please note, names

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Progressive Muscle Relaxation

How Progressive Muscle Relaxation can help people with PTSD One of the worst responses to someone showing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder is to tell them ‘Just relax!”. You can’t switch off your responses like a light. Instead, a mixture

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Accelerated Resolution Therapy

What is Accelerated Resolution Therapy (and how can it help PTSD)? PTSD can feel like you’re stuck in a loop of distressing thoughts, memories and feelings that seem like they’ll never stop. But treatment is available and it’s never too

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Case Study: EMDR Treatment – Darren

Case Study: EMDR Treatment – Darren Darren* was diagnosed with PTSD as a result of a medical emergency and underwent EMDR treatment which he says has ‘undoubtedly changed his life’.(*Please note, names have been changed for the privacy of our

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Case Study: EMDR Treatment – Claudia

Case Study: EMDR Treatment – Claudia Claudia* was diagnosed with PTSD as a result of a number of traumatic events in her life and underwent EMDR treatment which she says has ‘transformed her life’. (*Please note, names have been changed

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Case Study: EMDR treatment-Melissa

Case Study: Melissa’s EMDR Treatment Melissa* underwent EMDR treatment after being diagnosed with PTSD following a medical emergency which resulted in an induced coma. Here, Melissa explains more about her treatment, what happened in her sessions, and the incredible difference

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Meditation and PTSD

How meditation can ease PTSD symptoms There are abundant misconceptions about meditation. Including that it always involves clearing your mind, in silence, to create spiritual enlightenment. The stereotypical meditative pose is sitting crossed-legged on the floor, with your hands either

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The Havening Technique and PTSD

The Havening Technique for PTSD The Havening Technique – more formally known as Amygdala Depotentiation – is a psychosensory therapy used to address deep rooted anxiety, rumination, and severe, instinctive negative responses. The name Havening comes from the fact it

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How Acupuncture has helped some PTSD Sufferers

Alongside prescribed medicine and treatments such as EMDR and CBT, there are also a lot of natural methods available for relieving PTSD symptoms. One of these is acupuncture, which many research studies have shown to be effective for treating post-traumatic

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How fidget spinners can help PTSD sufferers

How fidget spinners can help PTSD sufferers The power of distraction. It’s an amazing tool in many situations, from calming fretful toddlers to helping adults though the ravages of chronic anxiety. It’s also a way for people to manage the

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The link between PTSD and alcoholism

The link between PTSD and alcoholism In the UK, nearly 40% of people with a substance misuse disorder (including alcohol) also have a PTSD diagnosis. Research also shows that people with PTSD are around four times more likely to be

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What can cause PTSD?

PTSD can affect anyone who has been exposed to a traumatic event – an event which provoked fear, helplessness, or horror in response to the threat of injury or death and therefore can affect anyone.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD can cause a wide variety of physical, mental and emotional symptoms such as hypervigilance, irrational anger & fear, panic attacks, flashbacks, digestive issues, feeling numb, nightmares and exhaustion. 

What are the treatments for PTSD?

It is possible for PTSD to be successfully treated with psychotherapies such has EMDR and CBT, even many years after the traumatic event occurred, which means it is never too late to seek help.

Are you looking to fundraise for PTSD UK?

THANK YOU!!  We are a small charity so our main goals at the moment are to increase awareness that we exist (so people can get the support and information they need) and to maximise fundraising to allow us to achieve our mission of supporting everyone in the UK affected by PTSD, no matter the trauma that caused it.