Ptsd

Why I Grieved for My Healthy Baby

Vicki Moore | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Moore

I am glad that I have now come to terms with grieving for what my birth could have been, with the healthy baby I could have had. The fact of the matter is I didn't have those things. I still gave birth, my child did come home, I am still a mother but to a heart warrior who I wouldn't change for the world.

Would Online Therapy Help Us Cope With the Current Mental Health Crisis

Keavy Lynch | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Keavy Lynch

Bravery comes in many forms. We need to be brave enough to admit that some battle wounds are the invisible ones we carry every day, brave enough to seek help and no longer suffer in silence, brave enough to admit that more needs to be done in terms of NHS mental health funding, or brave enough to lead the way in research and technology for future therapies.

My Amygdala Brought My Alcoholic Mother back from the dead!

Matt Streuli | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Streuli

#ExploreMH is a series of articles and YouTube videos aimed at breaking down the stigma that surrounds Mental Health. You can watch the video series h...

PTSD Following Premature Birth

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Parents
Catriona Ogilvy

Nothing can really prepare you for parenthood; but when your baby is born prematurely the time to plan and the excitement and anticipation of a new arrival is dramatically interrupted. Shocked and numb, you suddenly find yourself in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The Stephen Fry Comments and Why We Should All Watch Our Words

Claire Ayres | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Ayres

Having watched the full interview, most of it makes absolute sense, and I am inclined to agree with a lot of it in terms of political correctness and free speech. People should be able to say whatever they think and be free from chastising...but this should be to a point.

EMDR Therapy: How Looking Left-To-Right Could Banish Traumatic Memories

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

What if we told you that distressing memories could be wiped away by moving your eyes from left to right, over and over again? While it might sound...

Bipolar - Hello From The Other Side

Sharon Sutton | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

For all of the people that think Bipolar is some sort of mental health illness that is 99% depression, well from my point of view it isn't 'all that'. Yes I have my down days but I'm lucky because most of mine are 'up' days - or whatever you would like to call them.

Why Can't Fathers Cry for Their Babies?

Simon Blackwell | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Parents
Simon Blackwell

The media, and largely advertisers, would have us believe that men today are dim witted, useless at anything other than watching television, and that they should really just leave the complicated matters to the ladies in their lives.

Why There Is No PTSD in Afghanistan

Mark de Rond | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK
Mark de Rond

Seeing the impact of violence first-hand on that 2011 embedded tour to Camp Bastion - the mutilated bodies of children and the countless amputations - I returned to Afghanistan in December to better understand how that country's epidemic of violence is impacting on the psyche of its citizens.

Articulating My War

William Shield | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
William Shield

I've come to realise that Afghanistan has forever changed me. It has ruined me, destroyed part of me. It has left an intangible impression upon me. At the same time, it has made me, matured me, grown me, expanded my potential as a human being, taught me the importance of life, love and the little things.

Civilian PTSD and Me

Shy Keenan | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Shy Keenan

Sara and I want to teach a brand new approach, a new PTSD thinking. We will be working with some of the very best in their professional fields, to help develop 'drug-free' civilian post traumatic stress disorder management tools and promote good Emotional Health Services.

Rain Rain Go Away... Dealing With Stormy Weather After Surviving a Natural Disaster

Ella Robson | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Robson

Recovery is a journey, as cheesy as that sounds... and the recent weather has reminded me of how possible it is to overcome things, no matter how horrible things get... it's human nature to grow, to try our hardest to move forward and we should certainly celebrate every success (no matter how small...

Picture Perfect - I Was a Good Mummy After All

Emma Jane Sasaru | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Jane Sasaru

As PTSD ravaged my mind I believed I was a burden to my family. In fact some days I believed my family would be better off without me. Yet, as I looked at the pictures my heart could see how foolish that was. I was there, there for my babies, doing everything I could and giving them everything I could.

We Need to Make Awareness of PTSD at the Birth for Women and Men

Mark Williams | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Parents
Mark Williams

My first ever panic attack was at the birth of my son and had never experienced this before in my life. I honestly felt that my wife who I love dearly and my unborn son were going to die. Even many years on I still feel the anxiety I suffered during the twenty two hours labour my wife experienced.

Dads Matter UK, PTSD at Birth for Dads Awareness Is Needed..

Mark Williams | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Parents
Mark Williams

Fathers may experience witnessing they're loved ones and baby in distress in the labour room and sometimes witnessing even more blood loss than the mother. The father feels so unhelpful as he watches the trauma of unfold in front of him.

7/7 When The Dust Doesn't Settle

Rev Will Van Der Hart | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK
Rev Will Van Der Hart

When 10 years later you still feel like you have dropped your keys down the drain, redemption is a bit more mysterious. I don't find comfort in the comparison between what was and what is, but in the presence of One who shares in our suffering and offers us hope.

PTSD Explained, Ten Years After 7/7

Professor Neil Greenberg | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Professor Neil Greenberg

Whilst the London Bombings occurred 10 years ago this month, one only has to look at the cascade of news reports of traumatic events in the UK, and further afield, which affect people from all nations. For those who are affected by PTSD, or indeed by other mental health disorders related to traumatic exposure such as clinical depression, specific phobia or substance misuse, life after traumatic events can be very challenging.

Three Lessons from 15 Operations: Part Two

Michelle Elman | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Elman

Lesson 2: You don't have to be happy all the time and everyone has a right to feel what they damn well want to feel. Excuse my language, but sometimes the middle child needs to make more of a exclamation to be heard.

Post Traumatic Stress and UK Veterans - A Question for All of Us

Heather Budge-Reid | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Budge-Reid

We see every day that a starting point for recovery is contact with other veterans. This rarely quiet and often laughing band of brothers is the key to initial success. Later must come the move to a civilian identity, but the key is to find a civilian identity that is larger than, but includes, a veteran identity.

Four Lessons I Learnt From Therapy

Michelle Elman | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Elman

I have enormous respect for anyone that goes to therapy and extending that, anyone who walks into my office. To walk into a therapist's office (or in my case, a coach's office) admitting you need help and wanting to change is, in my eyes, admirable. In addition to that, to keep going to therapy is hard.

Questions of War

William Shield | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
William Shield

In 2009 I did my first tour of Afghanistan. I was based out of Kandahar airfield as part as RBGS (regional battle group south). This meant, that for the southern region we were available to anyone that needed help on an operation...

Trigger Warnings: We Must Not Be Too Quick on the Trigger

James Snell | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
James Snell

Four salient reasons to resist the rise of trigger warnings in higher education and general usage. For the sake of resisting censorship by stealth, for the sake of artistic integrity, for the sake of maintaining serious intellectual openness in higher education, and for the sake of those suffering from trauma themselves, I beg you - don't get too trigger-happy.

My Story - Living With PTSD

Imogen Groome | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

I've discovered that I don't have to let my past trauma define me - it still affects me a little bit from time to time, but I'm confident that those feelings will soon fade away. For any of you out there who have suffered, or are suffering, from PTSD - you are not alone. You can be helped. And it will get better.

A Goat, PTSD and Me

William Shield | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

When I sat there comforting the goat, watching it painfully die I looked into it's eyes. The goats eyes met mine for the briefest of moments and I felt a wave of emotion. Emotions I hadn't felt since August 2012. I guess you could say I had a flashback.

When the Firing Stops - How I Pressed Play on Life Again

Sean Percival-Scott | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK
Sean Percival-Scott

PTSD is a silent disorder that might not surface on day one or even day one hundred of their leave. And for soldiers leaving the service, like I did, we should remember their homecoming will take on an extra significance... Finding a new identity on Civvy Street can in its own way be just as much of a challenge as being on tour.