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Could you be suffering with PTSD?

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Published at 9:47am 4th December 2018.

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The Brain Collective in Harrogate have been discussing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and have revealed some statistics that suggest it is far more common than we think. 

When considering PTSD, it's common to think about war veterans, soldiers and those involved in terrorist attacks. But, with new figures showing the disorder is becoming more common in the civilian population, the Brain Collective in Harrogate are offering a range of neurotherapeutic treatments to combat the condition.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder brought on by exposure to very stressful, frightening or distressing events. The disorder can cause anxiety, as well as nightmares and flashbacks and can have a significant impact on the sufferer's day-to-day life.

People can also suffer from Complex PTSD, a form of the disorder caused by repeated exposure to traumatic situations which can take years after the event to develop. This form of the condition is often more severe if the trauma was experienced as a child and can involve an extensive recovery process.

What are the causes?

The most common causes of the disorder occur in veterans returning from combat and victims of terrorist attacks, but there are some far more common events that can cause PTSD in our brains.

Events such as break ups, loss of a loved one, bullying or even a road accident can cause the condition to materialise and, if not addressed, can cause further mental health issues.

Who can be affected?

The overall rate of PTSD among current and ex-serving military personnel was recorded at 6% between 2014-2016, a 2% increase on the figure from 2004-2006. However, recent studies have shown that the condition is not limited to those in combat, and an estimated 4.4% of the civilian population could be suffering with a form of PTSD.

The results show that 3.7% of men and 5.1% of women screened were positive for the disorder, but the ages in which they are most commonly diagnosed differed dramatically. Women were generally found to have been diagnosed earlier in life, with the most common age group being 16-24 year olds. The bracket for men found to be positive with PTSD was 55-64 year olds. 

Perhaps the most startling finding of the study was that more children and adolescences are coming forward with signs of the disorder.

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How can the Brain Collective help?

The Brain Collective have a team of neurologists that begin their treatment with questionnaires aimed at delving deeper to find the root of the issue. They then offer the following non-invasive treatments to calm and stabilise the brain, before resolving the issue without re-exposing their clients to the trauma:

  • Safe and Sound Protocol
  • EEG Treatments (electroencephalogram)
  • Range of Neurotherapeutic models and technologies

Listen to the full chat between Stray FM's Tom Harland and Paula at the Brain Collective below.

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