Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur following trauma. You don’t have to experience the event to suffer from PTSD; hearing a loved one has passed away can trigger PTSD. You won’t always experience PTSD following a traumatic event, it’s unique to you as an individual.
If you believe you‘re suffering from PTSD, visit your G.P. in the first instance for an official diagnosis.
PTSD symptoms can develop instantly or may develop over a few minutes, day, months or even years.
Flashbacks. Vivid memories of the situation playing out and feeling as though it’s happening right now, resulting in intense feelings which you experienced in the past.
Avoidance. The feelings and memories are so intense; you struggle to deal with them so you block them, allowing you to cope on a day-to-day basis.
Guarded. You become more guarded, feeling tense and waiting in anticipation for when something might trigger you, you’re always on your guard.
PTSD can be treated in the following ways:
Psychotherapy. Using CBT to challenge your thought process, establish and implement coping strategies and dealing with the feelings.
Medication. Medication can help, as this can lead to depression. Visit your G.P. in the first instance.
PTSD counselling can be for:
- Working in the military
- Losing a loved one
- Life-threatening illness