Resources: Managing Flashbacks Guide

RESOURCES: Managing Flashbacks download

One common symptom of both PTSD and C-PTSD are flashbacks, which are an involuntary, intense and often distressing re-experiencing of trauma that can be triggered by certain stimuli.

PTSD or C-PTSD flashbacks can take many forms and can vary in intensity and duration. 

Some people may experience flashbacks as visual images, such as seeing the traumatic event play out in their mind’s eye. Others may experience flashbacks as sounds, smells, emotions or other sensations that are associated with the trauma. These flashbacks can be so vivid and realistic that the person may have trouble distinguishing them from reality.

Flashbacks can be accompanied by intense emotional reactions, such as fear, anxiety, or anger along with physical reactions, such as a racing heart, difficulty breathing, or a feeling of detachment from the body.

We’re incredibly grateful that Pete Walker has allowed us to share his ’13 steps to Managing Flashbacks’ with PTSD UK supporters here. 

Pete Walker is a licensed psychotherapist based in Berkeley, California, with over 35 years of experience in counselling, writing, lecturing, and group leadership.
Specialising in helping adults traumatised in childhood, his book “Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving” delves into the causes and recovery from Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The comprehensive guide offers practical tools and insights for recovering from the lingering effects of childhood trauma. 

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Treatments for PTSD

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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