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Recovery from Trauma

Traumas are far more common than many people imagine. Estimates range that from 60 to 90% of the population will experience some form of terrible trauma in their lives. Thankfully, humans have an amazing natural capacity to heal and to heal remarkably quickly.

Unfortunately, a small proportion of people who have had a trauma will remain traumatised, experiencing many awful symptoms, including flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety and depression for months, years and even decades after the event.

In a study to compare the effectiveness of trauma treatments including Cognitive-Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy, it was found that treatments were very effective very quickly. It was also found that they were just as effective if the person had had the symptoms for as short as 3 months or even as long as 30 years. The treatment ‘stuck’ too. The analysis showed that the recovery was still working when the clients were retested 3 months and 9 months later. In the treatment graph below, you can see just how quickly and how dramatically people were helped. A second two groups of clients had to wait the 6 weeks until the first group completed treatment, but they were monitored and immediately responded well to treatment also.

Given that 3.7% of men and 5.1% of women screened positive for PTSD in the UK in 2014 ( Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey ) it is striking to think just how many people could be helped so effectively and so quickly. The treatment above only took 13 hours of therapy sessions over 6 weeks to have this lasting effect.

If you feel this sort of treatment experience might be helpful to you, please call our admissions team on 0207 581 8222.

Reference: A Comparison of Cognitive-Processing Therapy With Prolonged Exposure and a Waiting Condition for the Treatment of Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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