After a traumatic experience, it’s normal to feel frightened, sad, anxious, and disconnected. But if these feelings don’t fade and you feel stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PTSD can leave you feeling powerless and vulnerable so it’s important to realise that you’re not helpless. There are things you can do to alleviate your PTSD symptoms, reduce anxiety and fear, and take back control of your life.
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that may develop as a result of a person’s exposure to one or many traumatic events. Originally referred to as ‘shell shock’ or ‘battle fatigue’, PTSD was first brought to public attention by war veterans.
Today, it is understood that PTSD can result from any number of unique traumatic incidents;
Examples of such events might include:
- sexual assault,
- victims of natural disasters,
- threat of death,
- serious injury, etc.
Those suffering from PTSD are likely to have persistent disturbances in the form of flashbacks, anxiety attacks, depression, insomnia, numbness and other frightening thoughts.
Most individuals who experience a traumatic event will have difficulty coping and may experience many of the disturbances listed above, but they are likely to subside and will not develop PTSD. When disturbing thoughts persist or perhaps even worsen, then you may have PTSD.
It is important to note that getting treatment as soon as possible after post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms develop may prevent long term post-traumatic stress disorder.
Women are at a greater risk than men for developing PTSD because women are more likely to experience more high impact trauma. Children, especially those under 10 years are less likely to experience PTSD after trauma than adults. Our team of mental health professionals are trained in a number of therapeutic approaches (CBT, EMDR) that have been advocated for the treatment and management of trauma-related problems.
To talk to someone about any post traumatic stress you may be experiencing, book with MyMind today, or read more about our team of mental health professionals.