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A leading provider of PTSD treatment in Southampton

Returning from service and readjusting to life outside the military can be challenging. It can also mean dealing with the deeply distressing and disabling symptoms of combat-related PTSD. Priory Wellbeing Centre Southampton is now also able to offer a specialist PTSD programme that has been specifically designed for military personnel who are experiencing trauma.

Combat PTSD symptoms differ from person to person. There are four main groups that veterans can experience:

  • Recurring, intense reminders - nightmares and flashbacks can make a person feel that an event is happening again, leading to extreme emotional reactions such as panic attacks, uncontrollable shaking and heart palpitations
  • Isolation and avoidance - a person may withdraw from other people, places or situations that they associate with a traumatic experience
  • Changes in thoughts and mood - a person may feel unable to be positive, and may constantly feel fearful, guilty or shameful
  • Constantly being on edge - a person may appear irritable, angry and irresponsible. They may also have difficulty sleeping and trouble concentrating

Coping with combat PTSD and its symptoms

If left untreated, combat PTSD symptoms can become serious and affect many aspects of life. Southampton Wellbeing Centre has options available, where our specialists will be able to recommend the most suitable treatment for your personal circumstances. The treatments that can be used for PTSD include:

  • Trauma-focused CBT - CBT can help you to understand your thought processes and how to change your feelings and reactions to symptoms
  • EMDR for PTSD - EMDR combines exposure therapy and CBT with eye-movement techniques. While focusing on a traumatic experience, special rapid eye movements can help you through the healing process and improve your confidence
  • Group therapy/supportive psychotherapy - discussing your emotions and trauma with other PTSD sufferers can help you get a greater understanding of your conditions and emotions. It can also help you become more confident and trusting, allowing you to focus more on the present than the past
  • Mindfulness - mindfulness is a thought process that allows us to pay attention to, and clearly view what is happening in our lives. While it cannot eliminate life’s pressures, it can be a good way to help you deal with them in a calmer manner, which can be beneficial to your overall wellbeing
  • Compassion focused therapy - compassion focused therapy (CFT) is a system of psychotherapy developed by Paul Gilbert that uses techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy with concepts from evolutionary psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, Buddhist psychology, and neuroscience. It helps people to experience compassion for both themselves and others, helping them to develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing

Student support

Mental health difficulties are a growing concern amongst students and young people. If University life is getting on top of you then Priory Wellbeing Centre Southampton are proud to keep close ties with local institutions in order to offer the best mental health support to students.

With flexible appointments during the week and at weekends, it is now much easier for students to access mental health treatment. Therapy can be provided very quickly following referral and patients are often engaged in their first therapy session within a week of referral.

Priory Hospital Southampton offers a variety of different treatment which can include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

CBT provides evidence-based treatment for depression and anxiety disorders. It also has good evidence for the treatment of eating disorders. It is often easier to treat a mental health problem if the person accesses therapy fairly soon after onset

  • Eye movement desensitisation and re-processing (EMDR)

EMDR is a further treatment which can be offered. This would most commonly be used for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but can also be used for the other diagnoses

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