PSTD symptoms: Physical
- Trembling or shaking
- Chest pain
- Stomach aches
- Sleep disturbance or insomnia
In principle, a differentiation is made between human-caused trauma and catastrophe and accident-related trauma. Trauma is also classified based on its duration. Short-term trauma is characterised by an acute threat to life and the sudden occurrence of the event. Long-term trauma develops as a result of various individual events that are difficult to predict. Human-caused trauma includes sexual and physical abuse, criminal and familial violence or war-related experiences. Natural catastrophes and accidents include, among other things, earthquakes, floods, and fires.
PTSD is a long-term condition of heightened stress and anxiety in response to a traumatic event, usually where one fears for their life. To be diagnosed with PTSD, symptoms must persist for at least three months. Prior to this point, it is Acute Stress Disorder, which shows all the same symptoms as PTSD but only lasts less than three months.
The affected person’s ability to trust has often been shaken by the trauma and they find it difficult to trust other people. They believe no one can understand how they feel. Many are also afraid that by talking about the event, painful memories will arise and, as a result, may become even more stressful.
Our therapists at Schoen Clinic therefore place great value on having the diagnostic interview in a safe, respectful environment without interruptions. We will tactfully feel our way toward the cause of the post-traumatic stress disoder and discuss the further course of treatment with the patient.
A multi-modal approach has proven successful with respect to taking the various biological, psychological and social aspects of PTSD into account. We apply a variety of therapeutic techniques, taking your individual circumstances into account.
In addition to psychotherapeutic methods, at Schoen Clinic, we also offer you supplemental treatments such as relaxation techniques, as well as enjoyment and self-confidence training. The use of body-oriented methods has also proven successful. Creative therapies, such as art or music therapy, can make it easier for you to access and process visual memories.
In the group, together with your therapist, you will develop strategies for controlling yourself and regulating your emotions with respect to handling the symptoms of PTSD. The objective is to achieve enough stability to allow you to control your symptoms and prevent them from getting more severe. In addition to behavioural therapeutic methods, forms of relaxation, the imagination and stress management are applied.
This secondary therapy offers you a way to express yourself when you don’t have the words. The focus is on your own active actions, recognising and implementing your own needs and practising self-care behaviour. You will work with a variety of materials in a group of a maximum of 8 participants and have discussions.
If your symptoms are particularly severe, we can support the therapeutic process by administering medication. If the patient suffers from severe states of tension or agitation or stubborn sleep disorders, it may be helpful to use medications to combat symptoms of psychosis (anti-psychotics).