Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can happen to anyone at any time of life.  

 

PTSD occur after a stressful or traumatic life event. When a person is suffering from PTSD it can leave them feelings of upset and intrusive thoughts.

This starts to impact on many areas of their life relationships, jobs where can often feel dissociation with themselves and with the world around them.

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Causes of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Situations in which we can find traumatic vary from person to person. Many different reasons why PTSD happens for example.

  • Being involved in a car crash

 

  • Being raped or sexually abused

 

  • Being abused, bullied harassed – this includes racism, sexism, homophobic or transphobia

 

  • Losing a close relative

 

  • Traumatic childbirth

 

  • Unexpected illness

  • Constant exposure to traumatic situation – often seen by those working in emergency services or military personnel.

  • Natural world disasters – Coivd earthquakes, tsunamis, and droughts etc.

Symptoms of PTSD

  • Anxiety

  • Constant negative and catastrophic thinking

  • Depression

  • Daydreaming

  • Fear

  • Lack of empathy

  • Lack of remorse

  • Hopelessness

  • Hypervigilant leading to an overreaction in certain situations.

  • Impulsiveness

  • Inability to trust

  • Inability to bounce back

  • Inability to rationalise – seeing things from different perspectives

  • Physical pain

  • Shutting down

  • Suicidal thoughts

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