Different Types of PTSD Therapy – What Are They?

PTSD therapy is not only tested but also proven as the best way to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD. This abnormality is often experienced by people who have gone through traumatic events such as rape, terrorist attacks, war, assault and kidnapping. Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, depression, insomnia and anxiety. Below are some different therapies that can alleviate this problem. Read on.

* Light Therapy

In this type of therapy, a light box prescribed by a health professional is used. A physician provides a treatment plan; this plan includes the needed level of intensity, duration of exposure and the treatment schedule. This light box may be used while a patient is doing other activities such as reading or working. This form of therapy doesn’t need any medication, but may be combined with anti-depressants. Light therapy may also be combined with other therapies like family, group and cognitive therapy.

A patient with PTSD have gone through traumatic experiences that results symptoms such as flash backs, depression, anxiety and insomnia. To alleviate insomnia and other sleep problems, light therapy is used early in the morning; this resets the biological rhythms to promote better sleep. This therapy can also treat depression and anxiety.

* Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) Therapy

This is a PTSD therapy that basically involves a therapist guiding a patient through the traumatic event. The movements of the EMDR mimic the red eye movement (REM) during sleep, this helps the patient process all the memories and beliefs. While working through the memories, they discuss all the feelings related to the traumatic event, all this time the patient only focuses on his/her therapist’s moving finger. Through this therapy, a patient suffering from PTSD is able to learn how to put his/her trauma and the memories into context as he/she learns other alternative ways of handling the trauma. In EMDR therapy, a patient is required to revisit the past memories, trauma and other stimuli that triggers the memories of the traumas.

* Group Therapy

Group therapy can aid in restoring a feeling of safety and control. You can ask your therapist for a referral to a good PTSD support group, he/she will help you find the right group for your particular problem. Call some local churches; many offer free support groups for many different issues and most don’t require your church membership. You can also talk to friends and relatives; they can recommend a good therapy group for you.

In group PTSD therapy, you find other people struggling with similar problems as yours. You all share your experiences. Here, you get a chance to learn and overcome your problems from other people’s experiences. You get to hear what coping strategies they have use and how effective they were. Being in a group can help you get exposure to other perspectives on your issues that you may have never thought of.

Any of the above therapies have proved to be effective in treating PTSD. If you are suffering from any traumatic experience, you need to visit a professional where you will get advice on the best PTSD therapy for you.

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