Being put in a group who has been through the same situation as you did is actually a great way to build relationship, this is otherwise known as group therapy session. This is true and very powerful especially when you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD and you want to get over it once and for all. Whether you believe it or not, PTSD groups can offer a number of benefits which include reaching more patients, more cost effective and at the same time, provision for natural support group.
Not just that, it can help as well in gaining more control of both your feelings and emotions, diminish the symptoms of your condition and finally, enjoy life as how it is supposed to be.
In reality, the percentage of patients who have successful PTSD treatment just keeps on growing. It is due to the reason that many of them are beginning to learn about the multiple therapies that can be applied and at the same time, they are able to learn more about their condition. And just one of these therapies that have been found out to help these people a lot is in form of group therapy for the groups are usually small and the survivors know exactly what other people feel in the group. With this in mind, they can connect quickly to each other and be in a comfortable state. This is why even therapists are recommending group therapy as a way of processing trauma.
Being able to share with like-minded groups can be so helpful to build trust and confidence. As for participants who have depression as well as symptoms that are related to their trauma, being with the presence of the group can drastically help improve their symptoms and depression. In addition to that, it can also help reduce symptoms by way of encouraging the person affected to speak about the event, share their experiences and express their feelings.
A culprit for why PTSD victims are not seeking this form of treatment is that, they feel that almost any discussion in relation to trauma is causing them immense pain and it is stirring emotions as well as memories of the victim, bringing them back to the event. This is where the group manifests its real advantages as they don’t have to fill out or sign up on any forms or even feel that attending the group would be tracked to them.
It’s suggested that right at the very beginning of every PTSD group therapy, a form of centering or inspirational reading is performed for survivors. It’s better if this is non denominational as any affiliation to religions or groups might feel as if it is a threat to them. When closing the meeting, there must be another form of closing to give an emotional balance to all attendees.