What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition which occurs in response to a traumatic event such as being attacked, injured, abused or witnessing the loss of a loved one. In contrast to normal trauma experience and recovery, the person with PTSD does not appear to move on after the normal period of adjustment after the shock of the event. A person with PTSD remains in ‘psychological shock’, where the memory of the trauma and feelings become disconnected. Similar to Acute Stress Disorder, the person has experienced, witnessed, or been confronted with an event or events that involve actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of oneself or others. Typically, the individual’s response is marked by intense fear, helplessness or horror.
Common Symptoms include:
- Re-experiencing the trauma through flashbacks and/or nightmares
- Emotional numbness
- Avoidance of places, people or things that are reminders of the trauma
- Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling jump and easily agitated
Our qualified clinicians have expertise in helping you manage the symptoms of, and moving on from Post-Traumatic Stress. Attending psychotherapy treatment can help you to move on from the traumatic event with the ability to counteract any re-experiencing that may occur and will help restore your sense of control. With proper treatment, most cases of PTSD can be managed effectively. Please read our team bios or contact our admin team to discuss your needs and the best match for you.
As with most things that involve feelings of upset which impact our ability to live our lives in the way that feels most healthy, the best approach is to seek out help sooner rather than later. No matter how long you’ve been experiencing these symptoms, it is never too late to start taking your life back from chronic anxiety. If any of the above sounds familiar, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to set up an appointment.