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New Ways of Differentiating PTSD From Head Injuries

Posted on 27 May 2015

Potentially interesting new way of testing for life-threatening head injuries and infections could have implications for those suffering from PTSD. 

The technique being used by Southampton General Hospital, involves a patient wearing the headphones with an ear plug linked to a computer which enables doctors to measure fluid pressure in the skull.  It is hoped that the headphones can be used to diagnosis and treat conditions such as meningitis and head trauma injuries, as well as the monitoring and management of patients who are in comas.  Doctors also believe that the device, called the cerebral and cochlear fluid pressure (CCFP) analyser, could potentially be used to distinguish between head injuries and post traumatic stress disorder in soldiers returning from combat zones.

This differentiation could ensure that returning soldiers benefit from treatment appropriate to their physical and psychological needs and time and resources are not wasted through misdiagnosis.

With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst military personnel increasing by 19% in 2014 and charity Combat Stress reporting a 57% increase in referrals in the year prior to that, the recognition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is increasing. 

I work with many ex military clients at my Harley Street and Henley on Thames clinics and can also report an increase in the last 2 years of clients seeking therapeutic help for PTSD.

PTSD can be successfully treated, even when it develops many years after a traumatic event.  EMI (Eye Movement Integration) and hypnosis can successfully treat PTSD.  Eye Movement Integration is a powerful psychological method for treating emotional difficulties and for many clients it provides more rapid relief from emotional distress than conventional psychotherapies.

Once treated, clients describe how the memories are still there, but the emotional response is at a different level and how they cope with and deal with the memories is completely transformed.

For further information the original source for this article was an ITV news report.

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