Research is currently being undertaken by Julie T Davies, Department of Law & Criminology, with the charity Talking2Minds™ (T2M™) that supports those suffering from combat related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The subject of mental health has a long, often misunderstood and varied history both within the popular imagination and schools of psychiatry, medicine and psychotherapies. Many charities are struggling to raise awareness of the increasing numbers of individuals seeking support. Currently, there appears to be a renewed campaign to bring the issue to the forefront of the political agenda with the publication of a ‘manifesto for mental health’. It is, therefore, timely that this work is being undertaken.
Paradigm Therapy™ is a treatment programme developed by T2M™ by the founder Robert Paxman, who himself once suffered from complex PTSD, but found existing therapies led to further re-traumatisation. Early results from a pilot study are promising and demonstrate the effectiveness of this therapy in alleviating symptoms and co-morbidity factors associated with PTSD without re-traumatisation. Evidence further suggests that Paradigm Therapy™ is proving effective for those suffering from a broader range of complex stress disorders associated with abuse – physical, sexual, psychological – the number of clients from ‘blue-light’ services is noticeably increasing.
Although awaiting publication, an embargoed draft report is being discussed across a number of sectors and further research will be soon underway.