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.

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