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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

It is common to experience upsetting, distressing or confusing feelings after being involved in, or witnessing a traumatic event, such as:

  • Violence against you
  • Childhood abuse
  • A car accident
  • Military combat or being in a war zone
  • Seeing someone die

Not everyone will have PTSD after a traumatic event and for some their distress may become more manageable over a period of time.

For a diagnosis of PTSD to be given the following signs and symptoms must be present:

  • Re-experiencing via images, dreams, nightmares and flashbacks
  • Avoiding reliving the experience by absorbing yourself in other activities such as work, or hobbies and avoiding people and places that remind you of the trauma
  • Being on guard- staying alert all the time, looking out for danger and not being able to relax

There are a number of therapies and treatment for PTSD that require specialist input.


For further information please visit:

http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/about-ptsd/?o=14567#.WMrVZDuLQow

https://www.rethink.org/diagnosis-treatment/conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Post-traumatic-stress-disorder/Pages/Introduction.aspx

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/p/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/posttraumaticstressdisorder.aspx

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