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What is PTSD?


 

  • Reliving/Re-experiencing.- this includes having bad nightmares or flashbacks, thinking about the trauma when trying to do something else and becoming upset when confronted with a traumatic reminder.
     

  • Seeking Isolation - from places or people that remind you of the trauma, cutting yourself off from social support and feeling generally numb.
     

  • Increased Awareness - being very aware of potential threat, being on guard at all times, feeling irritable and startling easily.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly just referred to as PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop following experiencing or witnessing a traumatic life-threatening event.

 

Symptoms of PTSD can be separated into three categories.

These symptoms are part of a normal reaction to trauma, only if they remain 4 weeks after the trauma should you consider seeking help as PTSD may have developed. PTSD can be a scary time with the combination of nightmares/flashbacks, irritability and high anxiety levels. It can also be very difficult for those around you to understand and this can damage relationships.

PTSD symptoms usually develop within the first three months after trauma, but may not appear until months or years have passed.

CBT for Ptsd