Post-trauma disorders are a bit of a speciality for us. Whilst PTSD is the most commonly known we also work with young people who have ASD (Acute Stress Disorder - for Autistic Spectrum Disorders please see other tab)RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) and AD (Adjustment Disorders)
Trauma can be subjective, but trauma disorders all share common symptoms such as extreme fear, anxiety and depression characterised by outbursts, flashbacks and emotional irregularities. Often the trauma will have involved a fear for their own life, or a fear for the life of a loved one.
Medication can often be used to provide a much needed 'window' where the young person can think straight enough to engage with therapy. Often young people will be reluctant to take the medication as prior to the trauma they did not feel they had a mental health need, and because society sadly especially for boys, has for decades connected a level of shame and 'survival of the fittest' attitudes towards people dealing with difficult events in their lives. This is why many ex-service personnel struggle with their trauma disorders sometimes for years before seeking help.
Men and young men in particular, but females also, must be given a strong message that trauma disorders are not a sign of weakness but rather the fact that you are still standing, after a traumatic and very memorable attack on all your senses, is actually a huge sign of strength. You've mentally survived the initial attack ..... you now need to work on the battle damage to your vehicle. Just as the engine is the core of the machine, your mind is the core to your body. CBT can be really useful, but does require giving up a level of control that some people may not be ready for. Other solution focused talking therapies combined with holistic well-being can often be very effective, and is often the inital approach used in our setting.
Sadly most support organisations are still aimed at adult users, with childhood and teen PTSD being quite poorly provided for in the UK.
SOURCES OF HELP
These services are not associated with us. We are not responsible for the quality of service they provide, we are recommending them based on the positive experiences of some young people known to us. By inclusion in this list nor are we suggesting that we are in any way affiliated with these servcies.
ANXIETY UK - Support, online counselling, magazine, advice
Text line: 07537416905
Info line: 03444775774
Website provides support for young people, professionals and parents. Young people who feel they are having a mental health crisis can get instant emergency support by texting YM to 85258
OCD UK - advice, online counselling, support and magazine. Dedicated youth services.
PAPYRUS - suicide prevention young people's hotline 0800 068 41 41
An eating disorder support service - smaller than some of the bigger associations, but specifically aimed at young people.