Our expert says:
Interesting question, Phil, especally as I have had a long interest in the effects of severe trauma. IS this flashback the ONLY symptom you have relating in any way to the trauma ? ( as you say youre having counselling on a regular basis, I assume there are some other problems, also ? )
Depending on where you currently live, it would be best to consult directly a shrink with a particular interest in, and experience of, trauma. In the UK there are quite a few, in SA rather fewer. If there are other symptoms, this could represent the most noticeable feature of PTSD, which seems to respond well to CBT counselling and to selective use of some meds like SSRI's.
Presumably you have discussed this with your current counsellor ? If he/she's not using CBT, they may not be using proven modern methods, and a different approach might be more successful. When you speak of "should I visit my doctor?" it suggests a non-psych doctor, and thus a question of using meds. I pioneered the use of SSRI antidepressants at a time when no other intervention seemed particularly useful, and showed them to be really helpful. Since then, with the introduction of CBT, EMDR and other methods, there are other options, and also the sense fo comining som e of these modalities.
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