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POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDERS (PTSD)

We have recently opened a new division to assist persons suffering from PTSD.

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience of some of these types of events:

It may also occur following severe neglect or abuse or after the loss of a close family member or friend. The symptoms of PTSD may occur immediately or several weeks, months or even years after the traumatic experience has taken place and can include hallucinations, flashbacks, nightmares, delusions, anxiety, depression and isolation.
The symptoms of PTSD can be very frightening for the individual and affect their day-to-day life.
In some cases, PTSD goes away without any treatment after a few weeks. However, most people with PTSD require therapy, medication or a combination of both to help them feel better again.

Equine Assisted Therapy has proven to be very beneficial for treating people suffering from PTSD, especially war veterans. Horses are gentle and intelligent, which can have a calming influence and help people with PTSD to increase their self-awareness, self-respect and confidence. Working with, caring for and riding horses can also help PTSD sufferers manage feelings of fear, depression, anxiety or inadequacy.

The Brown Horse Academy offers Equine Assisted Therapy sessions at our main riding centre in St. Agnes. Riding a horse is not always necessary but many of our clients choose to ride, thereby assisting in the therapy.

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