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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition where you have recurring distressing memories, flashbacks, and other symptoms after suffering or witnessing a traumatic event.

 

What is post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition which develops after you have been involved in, or witnessed, a serious trauma such as a life-threatening assault. During the trauma you feel intense fear, helplessness or horror. In some people PTSD develops soon after the trauma. However, in some cases the symptoms first develop several months, or even years, after the trauma.

 

Who gets post-traumatic stress disorder?

The strict definition of PTSD is that the trauma you had or witnessed must be severe. For example: a severe accident, rape, sexual abuse, a life-threatening assault, torture, seeing someone killed, etc. However, symptoms similar to PTSD develop in some people after less severe traumatic events. It is estimated that up to 1 in 10 people may develop PTSD at some stage in life. One large survey of the general population in England found that 3 in 100 adults screened positive for PTSD. It is much more common in certain groups of people. For example, some studies have found that PTSD develops in about:

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1 in 5 firefighters.

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1 in 3 teenage survivors of car crashes.

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1 in 2 female rape victims.

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2 in 3 prisoners of war.

 

Some people have risk factors which make them more prone to develop PTSD when they are exposed to a traumatic event. These include:

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Previous mental health problems.

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Being female.

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Coming from a poor background.

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Lack of education.

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Coming from an ethnic minority.

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Being exposed to trauma in the past.

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A family history of mental illness.

 

What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder?

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Recurring thoughts, memories, images, dreams, or flashbacks of the trauma which are distressing.

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You try to avoid thoughts, conversations, places, people, activities or anything which may trigger memories of the trauma, as these make you distressed or anxious.

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Feeling emotionally numb and feeling detached from others. You may find it difficult to have loving feelings.

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Your outlook for the future is often pessimistic. You may lose interest in activities which you used to enjoy and find it difficult to plan for the future.

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Increased arousal which you did not have before the trauma. This may include:
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Difficulty in getting off to sleep or staying asleep.

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Being irritable which may include outbursts of anger.

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Difficulty concentrating.

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Increased vigilance.

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You may be startled more easily than before.

Note: it is normal to feel upset straight after a traumatic event. But for many people the distress gradually eases. If you have PTSD the distressing feelings and symptoms persist. In some cases the symptoms last just a few months, and then ease or go. However, in some cases the symptoms persist long-term.

Up to 4 in 5 people with PTSD also have other mental health problems.For example, depression, persistent anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, drug or alcohol abuse. Having a mental health disorder before the trauma seems to increase your chance of developing PTSD. But also, having PTSD seems to increase your risk of developing other mental health disorders.

If you would like to discuss any of the mental health issues raised on this page or find out how counselling might help please contact me.

Websites

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the UK's leading military charity specialising in the care of Veterans' mental health. They look after men and women who are suffering from a psychological condition related to their Service career. This might be depression, anxiety, a phobia or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Our services are free of charge to the Veteran

http://www.combatstress.org.uk/

 

Hidden Hurt

Hidden hurt is a website set up to support victims of domestic abuse. PTSD is often experienced by survivors of abuse, this link is an excellent article on coping with PTSD.

http://www.hiddenhurt.co.uk/Articles/coping.htm

 

Birth Trauma Association

The Birth Trauma Association (BTA) supports all women who have had a traumatic birth experience. It is estimated that, in the UK alone, this may result in 10,000 women a year developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

http://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/

 

First Person Plural

First Person Plural is a small UK-wide registered charity led by abuse survivors with first hand experience of complex dissociative distress. We are a membership association open to dissociative survivors, their friends, family & professional allies and anyone with an interest in dissociation who wishes to support our work. Much of our work is achieved through a mutual support model which means that members support each other with self-help tips, information etc through the medium of the newsletter and attendance at occasional open members meetings

http://www.firstpersonplural.org.uk/

 

Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture

The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture (MF) is the only organisation in the UK dedicated solely to the treatment of torture survivors.

http://www.torturecare.org.uk/

 

Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK is a national registered charity formed 40 years ago by a sufferer of agoraphobia for those affected by anxiety disorders, including PTSD. . Today they are still a user-led organisation, run by sufferers and ex-sufferers of anxiety disorders, supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel. Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services.

http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/about-anxiety/anxiety-disorders/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/

 

 

MIND

Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone.

http://www.mind.org.uk/help/diagnoses_and_conditions/post-traumatic_stress_disorder

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Leaflets

In this section you will find a selection of leaflets you can download or print.

Leaflet from Royal College of Psychiatrists

Self help leaflet from NHS Northumberland

Self help leaflet from MoodJuice

Local Resources in Swindon

Swindon Samaritans

Swindon and District Samaritans has been offering emotional support to those in crisis for more than 40 years. You can call or email 24hrs a day.

http://www.samaritans.org/swindon/

 

Swindon MIND

Local branch of the national charity providing support, resources and drop-in sessions.

http://www.swindonmind.org/

 

 

This information was put together by Swindon Counsellor and Psychotherapist Andrew Cornick. If you would like to find out how counselling might help you please contact me at any time.

www.andrewcornick.co.uk

Tel:      01793 710252

Mobile: 07732 570346

Please email me

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