When a person experiences a traumatic event that has threatened their life or safety, or the safety of those around them, they can be left with intense feelings or fear and helplessness. This can trigger responses such as avoidance, intrusive thoughts and high reactivity. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
A person may develop PTSD after a traumatic event such as a car crash, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or natural disasters such as bushfires or floods.
Many people show symptoms of PTSD in the first few weeks after a traumatic event but recover on their own with the support of family and friends. Others may require treatment and support from health professionals.
Effective treatment for PTSD involves a mix of inpatient psychiatric care and outpatient psychological services.
Our inpatient service is run by an experienced multi-disciplinary team, offering you 24 hour care. We provide a comfortable, stable environment allowing you to focus on your recovery.
Please contact us for more information on inpatient care.
The program consists of CBT based treatment because it directly meets the needs of the different stages of PTSD. It is present and problem orientated to reduce current symptoms. It is brief, time-limited and structured with the goal of strong treatment gains over a short time frame.
For more information on the Day Programs available from The Cairns Clinic contact us today on (07) 4050 7000.
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