Presenting problem: PTSD
Treatment modality: BWRT®
Number of sessions: 1
C has a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Sitting in my consulting room, he tells me that life has been very difficult since he was involved in a near-fatal traffic accident,18 months previously. Well used to making quick and important decisions in his job with the emergency services, C says he has tried to rationalise it, without success.
Now, he is feeling overwhelmed by his symptoms and has been signed off work.
C explains how he is constantly alert and hyper-vigilant, and is hardly sleeping. Most recently, he has started feeling anxious about going out and is expending his nervous energy walking around the house. Yesterday, his pedometer recorded more than 15,000 steps.
Alongside his anxiety, C says that he is consumed with a boiling rage against his wife. She was with him at the time of the accident, he tells me, but is so angry at her actions that he no longer trusts her.
Explosive arguments have become part and parcel of daily life but, although C tells me that he knows his behaviour is irrational, he is unable to control his emotions, misinterpreting everything his wife says and does.
First, I use a specific technique to help C resolve the trauma of the accident. Afterwards, I ask if he can reconnect with the old, uncomfortable feelings but I’m met with an astonished look, as he states: ‘I’m not even feeling bad’.
We move on to his anger and rage, with C describing an insurmountable, solid lump, weighing so heavily on his chest that he can’t breathe properly. With plenty of time left in the session we deal with this, too.
In his analytical way, C begins to reflect back over the past 90 minutes and is surprised to find himself smiling. At this, he bursts out laughing, saying that he hasn’t smiled since the accident. Slightly confused but still smiling, C leaves to set about saving his marriage.
The last I hear, C is back saving lives and posting happy, family photos on Facebook.
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