Stress has a cumulative effect on an individual. Modern life presents countless pressures that can add up to become a stressful burden, or even a crisis over time. Stress disorders span the whole spectrum, from general stress to acute post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Gladstones has extensive experience in counselling clients with the entire range of stress disorders.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a severe type of anxiety disorder, that results after you’ve seen or experienced a traumatic event. It can occur at any age and can result from a serious accident, military combat, an assault, domestic abuse, rape, terrorism, war, being diagnosed with a life threatening illness, a stay in prison, and natural disasters such as a flood or fire. The exact cause of PTSD remains a mystery, however, psychological, genetic, physical and social factors are involved.
It is not known why traumatic events cause PTSD in some people but not others. It usually causes the affected person to have a lack of trust in other people, and the world in general, making therapy for this disorder more challenging for the therapist as they must allow time for a secure relationship to develop between them and their client. PTSD does however respond to treatment and our experienced staff at Gladstones can design a specific programme to help you or your loved one heal and move on from PTSD.
Stress is a normal physical response to life’s events. It is your body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life. But problems arise when there is too much stress. Too much stress can cause major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships and your quality of life.
Everybody will experience stress differently, what causes it depends to some degree on your perception of it. Something that is stressful to one person may not bother someone else in the least. Your ability to tolerate stress depends on many factors, including the quality of your relationships, your general outlook on life, your emotional intelligence, and genetics.
However, too much stress over a long period of time can lead to serious health problems. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, speed up the aging process and leave you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.
If you or someone you love is suffering from excessive stress, there is professional help available. Gladstones expert team can offer you a range of effective therapies to help in the management and relief of your stress. In most cases, non-residential day or evening treatment therapy will probably be sufficient. It’s just a matter of contacting us so we can begin to design a unique stress management programme just for you.
Pain may persist long after the injury or physical condition has healed, or when a painful condition is resistant to traditional therapy, or even when doctors cannot identify the cause of the pain. In this case the role of pain management is to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life of those living with pain.
Gladstones team of medical practitioners, clinical psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists can devise a specialised plan to help our clients manage chronic pain that has remained unresolved by other treatments currently available. Our treatments approach pain management from three treatment directions, pharmaceutically, physically and/or psychologically, to provide the most effective treatment for our clients living with pain.
Grief & Loss
Dealing with the loss of a loved one or something you love is a very difficult and painful time. Grief is the body’s natural response to loss. This loss could be a death of someone you love, a relationship breakup, loss of health, losing a job, loss of financial stability, a miscarriage, death of a pet, loss of a cherished dream, a loved one being diagnosed with serious illness, loss of a friendship, to name just a few.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve, everybody’s response to a loss will be experienced in a different and unique way. Grief may cause you to feel all kinds of difficult and surprising emotions, such as shock, anger, anxiety, sadness, guilt, depression, despair and thoughts of suicide. It can also result in various physical symptoms including changes in appetite, headaches, stomach and intestinal pain, sleeping difficulties, and illness. Accepting and expressing these painful feelings and understanding the process of grief is important to allow yourself to heal.
Having the support of other people and connecting to others is the single most important factor in healing from loss, it makes the burden of grief easier to bear. Gladstones offers unique programmes for sufferers of grief and loss, let our team of therapists can help you to work through intense emotions and overcome barriers to your grieving.
Find out how a highly specific Stress Disorder programme can be created for you.