Trauma

Living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Distressing events such as an accident, threats, abuse or physical violence can leave deep scars.

Most people recover after a month or two and can continue with their lives. However, some people still suffer for months afterwards. They may keep re-experiencing the event, be irritable, excessively vigilant, suffer from insomnia, or tend to avoid anything that reminds them of the trauma. Emotionally extreme events like neglect, bullying or rejection can also lead to trauma. They can form the basis of a negative self-image and personality problems. In all the above cases, someone may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Most people recover after a month or two and can continue with their lives. However, some people still suffer for months afterwards. They may keep re-experiencing the event, be irritable, excessively vigilant, suffer from insomnia, or tend to avoid anything that reminds them of the trauma. Emotionally extreme events like neglect, bullying or rejection can also lead to trauma. They can form the basis of a negative self-image and personality problems. In all the above cases, someone may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

PTSD symptoms

Different people experience PTSD differently

How a traumatic event manifests can differ per person.

Symptoms

There are a number of common PTSD symptoms which are almost always present, regardless of the event experienced. These are the most common:

  • Painful recurring memories
  • Sleeping problems or unpleasant dreams
  • Re-living the event, flashbacks
  • Avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma
  • Mood changes
  • Negative thoughts
  • Feelings of alienation
  • Irritability, outbursts of anger
  • Startled and exaggerated reactions
  • Hyperarousal
  • Concentration problems

How do we treat someone suffering from trauma (PTSD)?

At U-center, we treat PTSD with a variety of therapies. Of these, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is the most important. Underlying issues that can also have an influence on the trauma are also taken into account. During the intake phase, you will have several consultations with a psychologist, psychiatrist or psychotherapist. These consultations then inform and help to determine which therapies are most suitable for you. You will generally have several sessions every week. At U-center we offer several different therapies for treating PTSD.

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Integrated and personalized approach

A trauma is the result of a specific event or series of events that leave a deep mark. Trauma also often comes together with other problems, ranging from drug or alcohol addiction, to depression and problems with anxiety or anger. Trauma is also often the ultimate cause of personality problems. This all demands a tailor-made, integrated approach. At U-centre we take into account all factors affecting your life and the trauma you carry with you, such as relationships, family situation, work and physical health. Together with your treatment team you investigate where your trauma comes from, and then work with various different methods to process it.

 

Intensive programme

In an intensive programme of 2 x 7 weeks, we do everything to help you, so you can progress in a short period of time. In return, we also expect a serious commitment from your side. During the first seven weeks, you will follow inpatient treatment in the healing environment of our clinic near Maastricht. Using a personal treatment plan, you set out what you want to achieve and how you are going to do this, together with your treatment team. Our clinic’s hospitality and its numerous facilities ensure that you have all the space needed to work through your trauma. Over the second seven-week period, you will put the new insights and knowledge you have gained into practice under the guidance of your outpatient health professionals.

Types of PTSD

PTSD with dissociation

PTSD with dissociation

Complex PTSD

PTSD that develops years later

The future

How to recover from trauma

PTSD can be treated with lasting results. EMDR is an extremely effective therapy for this. Sometimes medical support is also needed during treatment for PTSD.

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Loved ones

How can you support someone who has suffered from a trauma?

As the friend or family of someone with a trauma, there are various things you can do to help. Remember to also look for support yourself, because learning to cope with a loved one suffering from trauma demands a lot from you.

Our approach

A new perspective in 2x7 weeks

Admission procedure

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