PTSD Counselling

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  1. Probably not the most appropriate forum for this question but it was the only one I can find.

    I'm trying to find appropriate PTSD counselling for my nephew, heres the scenario.

    A couple of weeks ago my father died, I was away at the time and my nephew was the first one on the scene, having heamoraged from a tumour in his throat dad sadly essentially bled to death, with my nephew manfully attempting CPR while kneeling in most of his blood.

    Nephew is subsequently not sleeping and having flashbacks, he seems to think he has to man up as all his uncles were soldiers (yeah I know) I have attempted to talk to him about it but he seems a little reticent (I can't blame him to be honest), He also has a fair degree of guilt .

    Am I barking up the wrong tree to be thinking of trying to get him some counselling for PTSD and if I'm not then I'd greatly appreciate some advice because I've run out

  2. Could be Acute Stress Disorder, particularly as you say it was a couple of weeks ago. If it lasts much more than four weeks it could be PTSD. This may help: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  3. When I get wobbly I always find that watching the boardroom scene, featuring ED209 in the 80's classic 'Robocop' brings me gently back
    down to earth ..

    YouTube - ED 209 Just Won't Stop !
  4. It's going to be pretty normal for him to go through this don't rush into medicalising this. Spend time with him keep him busy and involve others if it seems abnormal. Did you thank him for what he did and say you really appreciated it? Reassure him he couldn't have done anymore or saved him.
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  5. Yeah did thank him, did explain that there was nothing he could have done more, the ambulance crew were really supportive of him at the time apparently and said he'd done all and more than he could have
  6. Sounds like you've done the right things. Give him something to remember him allow him to get angry if he needs to. I've no idea how old he is but remind him alcohol is not a solution. Encourage diversional activities such as exercise.

  7. He's only 19, but was brought up by my dad so was more like his own dad really, He isn't a big drinker to be fair always been really responsible, and he could do with a bit of phys lol
  8. Only get stuff on his medical records if needed. Voluntary agencies can be of use. It's probably his first big bereavement you could look at Elizabeth kubler Ross and google on death and dying or dabda I'm sure you'll get something useful. Hope he works through.
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  9. You could try Cruse.
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  11. clear PTSD???? stop talking out your rear end!! I have not met anyone who has been cleared of PTSD, I have met people who are in more control of it, but not anyone who has been "cleared" statements like that are dangerous.
    you want help? 1st stop is your GP, not a website IMHO, we could be anyone giving advice and if it's wrong, it can be very tragic, no matter what qualifications or experience anyone claims on here unless you know them, it's best not to trust any medical advice.
  12. Completely agree about 1st stop GP just wanted a pointer to a few charities maybe so that I could be a little better informed of what He's going through, talking the little bugger into going to the GP will be an entirely different kettle of fish

    Thanks for your help chaps some of the websites and links from them have been very helpful

    now its just a matter of easing the lad in the right direction
  13. We've already proven the human givens to be the walts of psychosocial interventions. Not one scrap of evidence.
  14. Doing a bit of reading up is also a cost and time effective way of dealing with things. Books vary, but I've always found the "Overcoming" series to be quite good:

    Overcoming Traumatic Stress: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques: Claudia Herbert, Ann Wetmore: Books

    GPs vary. You might want to go straight to a specialised clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. Local community mental health teams can help in this respect. NHS waiting lists can be a bit long so it might be worth forking out for private healthcare sooner rather than later.

    Time is a big healer. Give him time and space, but also try to keep him from being too insular and stuck in a downward spiral. Don't get bogged down with labels and diagnoses; so many stress/anxiety/depression problems are similar to eachother that putting labels and categorising everything isn't always helpful.

    It sounds like a really brave thing he did. I hope you and the rest of his family are proud of him.