Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Surviving PTSD

Surviving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD can occur after someone has been involved in or witnessed something traumatic.

After having something traumatic happen, we can react in various ways; sometimes, PTSD develops. This often involves reliving the event through flashbacks and nightmares which might be triggered by something seemingly neutral perhaps an everyday object or the words somebody uses. It’s possible that the person finds it difficult to identify what has triggered them. This makes day to day living very difficult.

Immediately after a traumatic event, it’s natural to experience things like difficulty sleeping, nightmares, reliving the experience, or feeling numb. For most of us, these symptoms will naturally fade and become less frequent after a few weeks. If the symptoms last longer than a month however, someone might be diagnosed with PTSD.

Terms that may also be used around PTSD are; Complex PTSD (if the trauma happened at an early age and/or if you experienced it for a long time), Delayed-Onset PTSD (if you start experiencing symptoms more than six months after the event) and Birth Trauma.

Hazelwood’s experienced PTSD counsellors can help you address the impact by:

  • Providing you with a safe and confidential setting where you can explore your feelings at your own pace.
  • Discover how our bodies and minds respond to traumatic events and learn strategies to help you minimise these impacts.
  • Learn ways to manage common side effects of trauma including, nightmares, flashbacks, panic attacks, worry and generalized anxiety.
  • Develop a set of tools that can be used to effectively manage stressful or distressing situations which may occur in the future.
  • Grow an increased sense of personal confidence and ability to deal with life challenges as they come along.

Contact Hazelwood to find out more about how our specialised counsellors can help you with the impact of PTSD