What is a major critical incident?
A major critical incident is any situation / event which is unpredictable and where the people involved may be exposed to threatening / life threatening occurrences.
They can occur in a person’s personal life and / or their employment / business life.
The people / person involved may well feel powerless, overwhelmed, frozen or even just running on automatic pilot.
The effects of a major critical incident are not always felt at the time.
It is important to recognise when a major critical incident has occurred and to then address this and have in place constructive and effective strategies which effectively desensitise the person / persons to the incident and the memory / emotional attachments involved. Examples of some possible signs / symptoms may include;
Examples of some types of major critical incidents include:
- · Social and / or emotional withdrawal
- · Flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, hallucinations
- · Sleep disturbance, nightmares etc
- · Hyper vigilance / hyper arousal
- · Increased anger
- · Use of alcohol, drugs
- · Feeling of pending doom
- · Inability to concentrate
- · Labile mood / mood swings
- · Numbing
- · Assaults
- · Violence
- · Abuse; physical, sexual / rape and domestic abuse
- · Bullying / intimidation
- · Suicides
- · Witnessing crime
- · Environmental issues; natural disasters- floods, earthquakes, fires etc
There is much evidence to support that early recognition of a major critical incident and appropriate psychological interventions reduce the trauma / distress experienced.
This requires a skilled and professional approach based on sound knowledge and clinical effectiveness.
in which the EMDR Association UK & Ireland
only permits mental health professional to specialise in) is recognised by NICE (The National Institute of Clinical Excellence)
as a preferred modality in treating PTSD and many other anxiety states which are a frequent symptom following a major critical incident.
is used alongside the effective Fast Phobia Cure utilised in Analytical Hypnotherapy
and together these approaches can effectively remove the auto contractile effect.
For a thorough, effective and professional approach which gets results: