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
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
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
PTSD (Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder). Our services are free of charge to the Veteran
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.
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).
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
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
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
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.
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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
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.
Local branch of the national charity providing support,
resources and drop-in sessions.