Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that may develop if you experience or witness a life-threatening event or an extremely traumatic occurrence.  PTSD is a condition which may affect anyone at any point in their life.

Traumatic situations can include childhood abuse and neglect, rape, sexual assault, war, assault, being threatened, being diagnosed with a serious illness, terrorist attacks, serious accidents and natural disasters.  Some occupations such as the armed forces, emergency services and the police are more likely to experience one or more traumatic events.

 

The symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder include:

  • ​Reliving the traumatic experience in nightmares and flashbacks

  • Numbness and loss of feelings

  • Difficulty in concentrating

  • Intense emotions of shame, guilt, anger, horror, disgust and anxiety

  • Avoidance of dealing with anxiety, anger and guilt

  • The avoidance of situations and places that could trigger memories of the traumatic event

  • Depression

  • Alcohol and drug use

  • Headaches, dizziness and chest pains

  • Irritability and difficulty sleeping

 

If left untreated, these symptoms can become more long lasting and severe and can affect a persons work, family and social life.

 

I have a special interest in trauma and have worked with people whose trauma(s) occurred in a wide variety of situations including service in the military, police and emergency services (including RNLA and ambulance), and the merchant navy.