Group therapy session helps in building relationship with others who know what you have been through. 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 only that, it can help you in having more control of your feelings and emotions, diminish the symptoms of your condition and be able to enjoy life as it is.
The truth is, the percentage of patients who are receiving a successful PTSD treatment 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. Group therapy is among those therapies that have been found to be advantageous because the groups are often small and survivors know exactly what others feel in these small groups. This puts them in a comfortable state and have the ability to connect quickly to the person in the group. And exactly for this reason, there are many therapists who are recommending group therapy as a mean to process trauma.
Being able to share with like-minded groups can be so helpful to build trust and confidence. Participants who have trauma related depression and symptoms in a group can significantly improve the symptoms as well as depression they are going through. 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. And this is where the group becomes extremely helpful to these people because there’s no need to fill out or sign up on any forms or even feel that the entire group will be tracking their story.
As per experts, there needs to be a form of centering or inspirational reading at the start of every PTSD group therapy. 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 has to be yet another closing to achieve emotional balance before they leave.