Understanding PTSD

Updated: Nov 12



PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is an anxiety disorder which could develop after going through or witnessing a traumatic experience. Each person’s threshold for stress is individual and there can be many various reasons that can cause this disorder. There are a variety of traumatic experiences which can trigger PTSD these include, war, violent crimes, car accidents, traumatic birth, losing someone close to you, surviving a terrorist attack, abuse and a distressing job.


Symptoms of PTSD can be emotional as well as physical and these include, feeling like you are reliving the trauma via flashbacks, feeling distress by reminders of the traumatic event, trembling, nightmares and sickness. Individuals with PTSD may also have times of alertness or a feeling of being on edge, which could cause;


· Sleep problems

· Self-destructive behaviour

· Being upset easily

· Being made angry easily

· Easily startled

· Hypervigilance- extreme alertness

· Short concentration span

Complex PTSD (CPTSD) includes symptoms of PTSD as well as others which include;


· Feeling different to everyone else that surrounds you

· Difficulty maintaining or making relationships

· Suicidal thoughts

· Feelings of hopelessness

· Depersonalisation or derealisation

Self-care for symptoms from PTSD include;


· Being kind to yourself

· Learn grounding techniques which bring you back to the present

· Make a comfort box with things you love for when you are feeling down

· Keep a diary so you can track patterns of behaviours and moods

· Music therapy

Talking therapy via the form of counselling is a treatment available for PTSD and is offered at Therapeutic counselling by Angela Jenkins. If you would like further information on treatment options please call Therapeutic Counselling on 01209 718246 or 07974 845549.

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