What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.  It can develop immediately after a distressing event or weeks, months, or even years later. 

The types of events that can cause PTSD include:

  • Serious road accidents
  • Military combat
  • Violent personal assaults
  • Being held hostage
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Natural disasters such as tsunamis, floods or earthquakes.

You’re not alone

PTSD affects almost one in three people who have a traumatic experience.
It is normal to experience upsetting and confusing thoughts after a traumatic event, but in most people these will improve over several weeks.

Symptoms and signs of PTSD

Some of the common signs and symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Feelings of isolation and guilt
  • Irritability
  • Sleeping problems
  • Lack of concentration

If these symptoms are severe and persist several weeks after the traumatic event please Get In Touch and seek further help.

Did you know?

PTSD wasn’t officially recognised until 1980; although it was first documented during the First World War when soldiers developed shell shock as a result of the harrowing conditions in the trenches.

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