Traumatic events such as motor vehicle accidents, industrial disasters or physical or mental abuse can often leave one in a state of shock. Even workplace injury arising out of a specific service, such as policing, paramedical/ambulance, emergency/fire services, or military, can cause a lot of mental distress. While in some cases, the trauma subsides gradually, in other cases, it lasts longer and impairs routine life for months or years. Such a condition is termed as PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
At Thunder Bay Psychology, we specialize in assessing and treating trauma and PTSD. We help individuals understand and manage their experiences, symptoms, and behaviours through effective EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy in Thunder Bay. We also offer cognitive and mindfulness-based psychotherapy practices.
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Some common signs of PTSD include:
The severity of these symptoms set PTSD apart from trauma. It is also important to know that trauma occurs immediately after a shocking or overwhelming event, but PTSD can surface even months later. As soon as PTSD symptoms are suspected, getting in touch with mental health professionals is advisable. With timely interventions, it is possible to prevent PTSD from evolving into a crippling condition that leads to depression and anxiety.
EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy that has been researched extensively. It has been proven to be an effective treatment for cases of trauma and PTSD. The therapy incorporates elements from different treatment approaches and has helped millions of people manage symptoms of mental illness.
During an EMDR session, psychologists use bilateral eye movements or bilateral tapping sounds to help a client reprocess the memory of the traumatic event. As a result, the psychological reactions associated with the stressful event changes, reducing the PTSD symptoms. It can be thought of as helping a person see disturbing events in a new and less distressing way. It appears that EMDR is similar to what happens naturally during dreaming or REM sleep. Through research, doctors have found that EMDR seems to affect the way the brain processes information directly.
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In addition to EMDR treatment, we offer other treatment methods for PTSD at our Thunder Bay centre, including cognitive and mindfulness-based therapies: