Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Counselling

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition which can develop after a person has been involved in, or witnessed, a traumatic event.

During a traumatic experience, a person might feel intense fear, helplessness, anxiety or horror. These are normal reactions but in people who develop PTSD, these feelings continue long after the original traumatic event has passed.

An experience that is traumatic for one person may be less traumatic for another and not everyone who experiences a traumatic event develops PTSD. Research suggests that about 30% of people who experience trauma will develop PTSD. The condition can occur at any age. Some people are more likely to develop PTSD. For example, the condition is more common in women than in men.

Many types of experiences may lead to PTSD including experiencing war, terrorism or natural disasters, being the victim of crime, being the victim of rape, experiencing childhood physical or sexual abuse, witnessing the death of another person or witnessing a serious road accident.

In some people PTSD develops immediately after the trauma while in other cases the symptoms first appear several months, or even years, after the traumatic experience.

Some common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder

People with PTSD will often describe recurring distressing memories, vivid flashbacks or images of the traumatic event, or dreams and intrusive thoughts about the traumatic experience. Other symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Attempts to avoid thoughts, places, people, activities or anything which may trigger memories of the trauma
  • A sense of feeling emotionally numb or feeling detached from other people
  • Difficulties expressing affection
  • Pessimistic feelings about the future and difficulties planning for the future
  • Problems sleeping and persistent distressing thoughts at night
  • Difficulties concentrating or focusing on everyday tasks
  • A sense of feeling unsafe, even in places that felt safe before the traumatic event
  • Increased general anxiety / extreme alertness
  • Irritable or aggressive behaviour
  • Problems trusting other people
  • Depression

Treatment options for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

There are treatments available for those suffering from PTSD. Options for treatment include antidepressant medication, EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing)  and other types of talking therapy. Following therapy, many people have found that the memories of the traumatic event do not upset them as much as before.

Speaking with a therapist can help immensely when trying to overcome the persistent, difficult feelings and anxieties that often follow a traumatic experience. Discussions in therapy are confidential, between you and your therapist.

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