Posted in Complex Trauma, Post-traumatic Stress

Post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur following a traumatic event. It is characterised by symptoms of re‐experiencing the trauma (in the form of nightmares, flashbacks and distressing thoughts), avoiding reminders of the traumatic event, negative alterations in thoughts and mood, and symptoms of hyper‐arousal (feeling on edge, being easily startled, feeling angry, having difficulties sleeping, and problems concentrating).

Previous reviews have supported the use of individual trauma‐focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TFCBT) and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) in the treatment of PTSD. TFCBT is a variant of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which includes a number of techniques to help a person overcome a traumatic event. It is a combination of cognitive therapy aimed at changing the way a person thinks, and behavioural therapy, which aims to change the way a person acts. TFCBT helps an individual come to terms with a trauma through exposure to memories of the event. EMDR is a psychological therapy, which aims to help a person reprocess their memories of a traumatic event. The therapy involves bringing distressing trauma‐related images, beliefs, and bodily sensations to mind, whilst the therapist guides eye movements from side to side. More positive views of the trauma memories are identified, with the aim of replacing the ones that are causing problems.

TFCBT and EMDR are currently recommended as the treatments of choice by guidelines such as those published by the United Kingdom’s National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Posted in Alienation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, NLP, Recovery, Self Help, therapy

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Posted in Alienation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Recovery, Self Help

Cognitive behavioral therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental health. CBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. Wikipedia

Posted in Alienation

How is CBT effective for the alienated parent as well as the alienator?

The answer is CBT has been extensively used for treating depression; anxiety disorders such as panic disorder and agoraphobia, social phobia, post-traumatic stress, obsessivecompulsive disorder; eating disorders; addictive disorders; certain chronic illnesses; personality disorders; and some forms of psychoses. Many alienated parents experience one or more types of psychological distress such as grief, helplessness, hopelessness, depression, acute or chronic stress, anxiety, fear, worry, panic, low tolerance for frustrating and difficult situations, anger, post-traumatic stress, and addiction among other types. Emotion and behaviour are greatly influenced by cognition. CBT acts directly on the symptoms that create distress. Not only is there widespread recognition that distorted or maladaptive cognitions play a prominent role in the cause of psychological distress, but there is also widespread recognition that distorted or maladaptive cognitions play a prominent role in the perpetuation of psychological distress. The overwhelming body of literature reviews on the effectiveness of CBT as a therapeutic approach for treating various types of psychological distress, including relationship difficulties, lends support for treating not only alienating parents but alienated parents and children, too