Mindfulness for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Depression and Stress

Many people who come to me, old and young, are suffering from depression, anxiety, stress or Post traumatic Stress Disorder.  These difficult states can also cause:

 

  • increased sensitivity to pain

  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)

  • muscle stiffness

  • difficulty sleeping

  • problems with mental processes – such as memory and concentration

  • headaches

  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causing stomach pain and bloating

In most cases an emotionally stressful event/s in the past, such as:

  • an injury or infection

  • repetitive injuries

  • giving birth

  • having an operation

  • the breakdown of a relationship

  • a difficult court case

  • illness of loved ones

  • the death of a loved one

  • physical, sexual or mental abuse

led to the development of anxiety, depression, sadness, a pain syndrome and general suffering in the present. 

 

How Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and M.E are diagnosed and treated in the NHS

There are no blood tests, X-rays or scans that can diagnose or rule out any of these conditions.  However, you may be offered blood tests to check you don’t have another condition which could to some extent cause some of your symptoms. These invariably come back as 'Normal'.

Doctors may offer medication such as anti-depressants and painkillers, counselling and exercise and relaxation advice. In some cases, 6-10 sessions of talking counselling may be offered on the NHS but in my experience, people tend to talk round the problem rather than really dealing with it so it goes away. Exercise has been found to have a number of important benefits for people with Fibromyalgia, CFS or M.E, but, let's face it.. does someone suffering from these conditions feel like embarking on an exercise regime?

 

Janie offers a powerful yet enjoyable and relaxing six-week course of one-hour treatments which use Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques to reduces negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours surrounding your depression, anxiety or pain, increase your ability to be calm and think clearly, and to manage pain and stress throughout the day. For people with Fibromyalgia, CFS or M.E. this can mean being able to control flare-ups and reduce pain. Several recent scientific reviews have evaluated the effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) among Fibromyalgia sufferers and support the suggestion that MBSR reduces perceived pain, stress, sleep disturbance and symptom severity. The research supports the use of MBSR for people with Fibromyalgia. Mindfulness-based relaxation and meditation has been shown scientifically numerous times to benefit people suffering from mental disorders or stress, such as anxiety, depression and PTSD.

A study published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics showed that MSBR was much more effective at reducing - and helping people cope with - pain, anxiety, and depression than ordinary relaxation and stretching exercises. Patients were still experiencing improvements in well-being three years later. In a report in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, doctors suggest that mindfulness meditation may calm the sympathetic nervous system, reducing stress and creating a more relaxed exercise and relaxation advice. 

CALL 01323 734664 now, to book your initial 0ne hour meeting. Cost is £60. Concessions available on request.

 

 

 

 

 

Eastbourne Clinic of Natural Medicine

69 Meads Road

Eastbourne, BN20 7QL

Janie Reynolds

BSC Hons OST, BA Hons

Tel: 01323 734664

ecnm69@gmail.com

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