Case Study: EMDR Treatment – Alani
After her son was hit by a distracted driver, and in ICU for 6 weeks, Alani developed PTSD. She underwent EMDR treatment and in this case study, she explains her experience with EMDR and how it ‘changed her life’.
“I developed PTSD after my son was hit by a distracted driver at Christmas in 2019. He suffered a massive brain bleed and was given 50/50 chance of survival – it wasn’t looking good. He spent 6 weeks in ICU fighting for his life; in and out of comas and infection after infection. I didn’t know if my son was going to survive the day, nearly everyday.
I was diagnosed with PTSD a few months after it happened, and at that stage, my score was 69. I couldn’t talk about what happened without breaking down. I couldn’t read the medical reports that the solicitor sent me. I was irritable, snappy, restless and my sleep was horrendous. The smallest thing would make me want to give up. I even cleared my house of unwanted stuff so that if I did succeed in taking my life, my kid’s wouldn’t have to do it. I couldn’t see a way out and my future looked grim as a mother of a TBI survivor and my younger son who has autism.
The fear and panic was debilitating, I could feel my heart thumping through my blood stream and shake uncontrollably, I just wanted to run and scream.
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It is possible for PTSD to be successfully treated many years after the traumatic event occurred, which means it is never too late to seek help. For some, the first step may be watchful waiting, then exploring therapeutic options such as individual or group therapy – but the main treatment options in the UK are psychological treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
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