Counselling for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Any trauma that causes intense fear or damages the emotional well-being of an individual may cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Those suffering from PTSD re-live the event over and over, and tend to avoid people, places and things that remind them of the experience.

Everyone experiences some symptoms of PTSD following a traumatic event.  For most people these symptoms last several days to a few weeks, but gradually disappear.  Those who develop PTSD remain in psychological shock.  Memory of the event and feelings become disconnected.

The majority of people associated with PTSD are soldiers who have experienced military combat.  However, any traumatic life experience can trigger PTSD.  Those who experience the event, witnesses, emergency workers and law enforcement officers are all vulnerable to PTSD.

Some signs and symptoms of PTSD are:

  • Flashbacks, re-living the event, nightmares
  •  Feeling emotionally numb, avoiding places, feelings and thoughts that remind you of the event
  • Inability to clearly remember aspects of the trauma
  • Insomnia, difficulty concentrating, anger, anxiety

PTSD was historically called “shell shock or “battle fatigue.”  It was not recognized as a formal diagnosis until 1980. Up to 10% of the population will be affected by PTSD in their life time. Women are twice as likely to develop PTSD as men.

If you or someone you know has post-traumatic stress disorder, seek help right away.  The earlier PTSD is treated, the easier the recovery. Without treatment, PTSD symptoms may get worse.  Ask your doctor for a referral to a qualified therapist who specializes in the treatment of trauma and PTSD.

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