Trauma and PTSD Counselling
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition where you have recurring distressing memories, vivid flashbacks, and other symptoms after suffering or witnessing a traumatic event.
What is post-traumatic stress disorder?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition which develops after you have been involved in, or witnessed, a serious trauma such as a life-threatening assault. During the trauma you feel intense fear, helplessness or horror. In some people PTSD develops soon after the trauma. However, in some cases the symptoms first develop several months, or even years, after the trauma.
Who gets post-traumatic stress disorder?
The strict definition of PTSD is that the trauma you had or witnessed must be severe. For example: a severe accident, rape, a life-threatening assault, torture, seeing someone killed, etc. However, symptoms similar to PTSD develop in some people after less severe traumatic events.
What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder?
- Recurring thoughts, memories, images, dreams, or flashbacks of the trauma which are distressing.
- You try to avoid thoughts, conversations, places, people, activities or anything which may trigger memories of the trauma, as these make you distressed or anxious.
- Feeling emotionally numb and feeling detached from others. You may find it difficult to have loving feelings.
- Your outlook for the future is often pessimistic. You may lose interest in activities which you used to enjoy and find it difficult to plan for the future.
- Increased arousal which you did not have before the trauma. This may include:
- Difficulty in getting off to sleep or staying asleep.
- Being irritable which may include outbursts of anger.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Increased vigilance.
- You may be startled more easily than before.
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