Co-occurring PTSD treatment in Southampton
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe mental health condition, which can be defined as an intense psychological reaction that is experienced in response to being involved in, or witnessing a deeply disturbing event or series of events. Examples of the types of events that may cause an individual to develop PTSD include:
- Violence/abuse (e.g. rape and physical abuse, either as a standalone incident or recurring events)
- Being involved in a serious accident (e.g. a road traffic accident)
- Being involved in catastrophic events (either natural events such as earthquakes, or man-made events such as terrorism/war)
- Serious physical injury (e.g. disability/amputations)
- Terminal illness
PTSD, which is also considered to be a specific form of anxiety, causes a range of debilitating symptoms that can negatively affect an individual’s psychological wellbeing as well as their ability to function on a daily basis.
In addition to the symptoms of PTSD, it’s not uncommon for individuals who are suffering from PTSD to attempt to self-medicate using alcohol or drugs, which may lead to the development of a harmful addiction. In these situations, substance misuse and co-occurring PTSD can cause substantial and widespread damage to nearly all aspects of an individual’s life, and will require expert help to overcome.
At Manor Clinic, we are able to provide high quality PTSD treatment, when this co-occurs alongside a primary addiction. Our treatment experts are dedicated to delivering evidence-based, recovery-focused treatment, empowering you to address your mental health and addiction challenges, and regain control of your life.
I think I need treatment for co-occurring PTSD. How can Manor Clinic help me?
At Manor Clinic, our specialists recognise that PTSD can have a profoundly negative impact on an individual’s health, wellbeing and quality of life, and when this co-exists alongside an addiction, it can cause a whole host of additional challenges.
We know that seeking help can be an overwhelming prospect, but it is the most important step that you can take in order to address your difficulties, and take steps towards wellbeing. Our highly experienced team at Manor Clinic are dedicated to delivering high quality treatment for your addiction and co-occurring PTSD, enabling you to tackle your symptoms, identify the underlying triggers for your destructive thoughts and behaviours, learn effective coping mechanisms for the future, and take steps towards the healthy and fulfilling life that you deserve.
Treatment for co-occurring PTSD at Manor Clinic
Treatment for co-occurring PTSD at Manor Clinic takes place as part of our wider Addiction Treatment Programme. Typically, this lasts for 28 days and consists of:
- Group therapy for PTSD – group therapy is a collaborative and highly supportive therapeutic intervention, which is widely used in the treatment of a range of mental health conditions, including PTSD. Group therapy allows you to discuss your trauma and emotions with other people who are dealing with similar issues, enabling you to develop a greater understanding of your feelings, develop trust, and learn to focus on the present rather than the past. At Manor Clinic, each individual within our group therapy sessions will have a primary addiction diagnosis, and some may also be struggling with co-occurring mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and, of course, PTSD, alongside their substance misuse or compulsive behaviours
- Medication for PTSD – selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a type of antidepressant medication, can be also be used in the treatment of PTSD in order to complement the therapeutic element of your treatment and help to relieve your symptoms. Your suitability to take antidepressants whilst at Manor Clinic will be thoroughly assessed in conjunction with your addiction diagnosis
What are the most common signs and symptoms of PTSD?
PTSD is associated with three distinct categories of symptoms:
- Hyperarousal symptoms – including hypervigilance (being on constant alert), being easily frightened or startled, and experiencing panic attacks
- Re-experiencing symptoms – including experiencing vivid nightmares and flashbacks of the traumatic event, which cause significant distress
- Avoidance symptoms – including avoiding situations which could trigger memories of the incident, avoiding dealing with or talking about your painful emotions, and feeling emotionally ‘numb’
For more detailed information on the signs and symptoms of PTSD, please visit our PTSD symptoms page.
Causes of PTSD
It is important to understand that trauma is subjective; something that one person finds traumatic may not be traumatic for other people, and not everyone who experiences a traumatic event goes on to develop PTSD. However, there are several factors that have been found to increase the likelihood of an individual being more susceptible to developing PTSD. Some of these factors can include:
- Previous exposure to trauma
- Experiencing abuse or neglect during childhood
- Family history of mental health conditions
- Personal history of mental health conditions
- Tendency to self-blame
- Poor coping mechanisms
- Having a lack of social support following the distressing event(s)
In addition, other factors such as the period of time that the trauma was experienced over, and the identity of the perpetrator during violent trauma, may also impact on whether an individual will go on to develop PTSD as a result of this.