Flashback. Feelings. Anxious. Avoidance.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
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.
- Working in the military
- Losing a loved one
- Life-threatening illness
Counselling for PTSD
Counselling and Psychotherapy can help you resolve your PTSD. Find a PTSD therapist on our directory; we are very selective about whom we allow on our directory, we aim to have therapists who have the expertise to help you resolve your issues.
We have therapists working from Kay’s Counselling office in Birmingham and online via video calling. All our therapists go through a rigorous interview process, aiming to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to help you work through your issues through counselling or psychotherapy.
All our therapists know the level of courage it takes for you to contact us to start your journey, we aim to match the same level of courage in our therapists, who have a desire to help you achieve your goals with their expertise