PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) - SafeHaven Trauma Centre
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur following some type of exposure to a life-threatening event. These events can range from those large in scale, such as natural disasters or terrorist incidents, to work related trauma such as military combat or violence in the workplace, to personal incidents such as serious accidents or assaults.
Many people recover from those experiences without needing trauma treatment. However, one in three people often go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. It can begin almost immediately or symptoms can start months or even years later.
Some of the signs of PTSD include:
• Uncontrollable memories that recreate the sights, sounds, smells and even tastes of what happened at the time of the trauma; having flashback, re-experiencing what happened.
• Persistent intrusive thoughts about what happened, distracting you from thinking or doing anything else.
• A change in behavior, where you attempt to avoid anything that may trigger traumatic memories.
• Feeling hyper-vigilant and ‘on-edge’ constantly, and being unable to relax.
• Finding your thinking becoming very negative, feeling very low in mood and detached from life.