Purple Octopus Management are specialists in post-traumatic stress disorder, working with commissioning bodies including local authorities, social services, the NHS and the armed forces to provide programmes of treatment and support for children, young people and adults who have experienced deep-rooted trauma, enabling them to face their fears and break down the barriers to making significant and positive changes to their lives.
Our PTSD specialist therapists are trained, highly experienced and fully capable of looking past clinical symptomology. We understand that not everyone will develop the same symptoms or behaviours following significant trauma. Our approach is to develop programmes specific to the needs of our clients, rather than relying on a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution.
What is post-traumatic stress disorder? (PTSD)
PTSD is a clinically diagnosed condition recognised within the mental health and psychiatric profession. The feelings and behaviours symptomatic of PTSD can result from a variety of experiences including violent attacks (including mugging, rape, torture), adverse childhood experiences, terrorism, being held captive, child abuse, serious accidents, natural disasters, or any major fearful experience.
Usually the cause of PTSD is something that threatened (or felt like it threatened) your life, or the life of someone very close to you, or it could be something you witnessed, such as a death.
Some people with PTSD repeatedly relive their trauma through dreams, nightmares, and disturbing memories throughout the day, but not always. You may experience sleep problems, feel alienated from reality, or be easily startled, but not necessarily.
Whether you’ve received a clinical diagnosis of PTSD or not, the actual feelings, thoughts and symptoms are the same. The daily struggle to be calm is continual.
It can take years for a diagnosis to be given, and some people feel they don’t want an actual diagnosis as they believe it might hinder their career or work. Irrelevant of diagnosis, feelings, thoughts and behaviours can have a devastating effect on PTSD sufferers and their families.
Do I have PTSD?
If you are concerned that you may be experiencing symptoms of PTSD following trauma, or are looking for the answer to the question, “why do I feel or behave like this?”, a good place to start is by asking yourself these questions:
- are you on edge all the time, or experiencing panic attacks?
- do you have flashbacks, nightmares or sleep issues?
- do you feel isolated and cut off from those around you?
- are you self-medicating?
- do you have difficulty experiencing positive feelings such as happiness and love?
- do you have angry outbursts or act violently, without control, provocation or warning?
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
The signs and symptoms of PTSD vary from person to person. No individual sufferer of PTSD will experience exactly the same effects as another. But there are some symptoms, behaviours and emotions that are widely associated with PTSD, including:
- Alcohol or drug abuse (including excessive self-medication)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Eating disorders
- Repeated panic attacks
- Physical symptoms or ailments such as non-specific shoulder or neck pain
- Social isolation
With first-hand experience of the challenges and life-long implications of PTSD, Purple Octopus Management’s therapists are dedicated to changing to how PTSD sufferers are supported and giving them and their families a positive future and hope for a full recovery.
With the right treatment for you, together with help and support, a full recovery is possible.
Get in touch to find out more.