Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops after exposure to a traumatic event. Some kinds of events that people can find traumatic include military combat, sexual assault, or a natural disaster. Symptoms of PTSD can include re-experiencing the traumatic event through intrusive thoughts, nightmares, or flashbacks, avoiding reminders of the event, like people, places, or activities. Sufferers also experience feelings of anger, guilt, shame, irritability, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating or sleeping.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of PTSD, it is important to seek support from a trusted professional. Treatment options for PTSD may include therapy, medication, or usually a combination of both.
Individuals who experience PTSD may avoid people, places, or activities that are reminders of the traumatic event. They may also feel emotionally numb and find it difficult to experience positive emotions.
PTSD symptoms can be debilitating and interfere with daily life. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of PTSD, it is important to seek support from a mental health professional. Treatment can help people with PTSD to reduce symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Those who experience PTSD may feel constantly on edge, become easily startled, and have trouble sleeping. They may also experience anger, irritability, and reckless or self-destructive behaviour.
People who suffer with PTSD can have negative thoughts about themselves, others, or the world. They may also have feelings of shame, guilt, or hopelessness. They might also find it difficult to concentrate or making decisions.
This may involve having intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, or nightmares about the event. People with PTSD may also experience physical symptoms, such as a rapid heartbeat, sweating, or shaking, when they are reminded of the event.
Exposure to a psychologically damaging event can cause PTSD. Traumatic experiences can be anything that is considered dangerous or life threatening. Examples of trauma inducing events that can lead to PTSD include:
PTSD does not develop in everyone who experiences a traumatic event. This is because its development is based on a a variety of factors. These include the severity of the traumatic event, an individual’s psychological resilience, and the support and resources available after the traumatic event.
Also of note is that PTSD can also happen when one is exposed to indirect trauma. This might be when hearing about a traumatic event that has happened to someone else, or exposure to media about traumatic events.
Therapy can be a very effective treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There are several different types of therapy that we offer which can help with PTSD, including:
The most beneficial form of therapy for someone with PTSD will depend on their individual circumstances and what they prefer. Our therapists can work with you to establish the best plan for you. Through therapy, many individuals with PTSD can reduce the intensity of their symptoms, and improve their relationships and overall quality of life, while also regaining control of their thoughts and feelings.
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