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PTSD and Trauma

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that develops after experiencing traumatic events, such as:

  • Being involved in a life-threatening event such as a car crash

  • Being abused or bullied

  • Being sexually assaulted

  • Experiencing or witnessing violence in war zones or working in emergency services

  • Traumatic childbirth 

  • Traumatic bereavement

Symptoms can include:

  • Flashbacks and/or nightmares

  • Feeling numb or dissociated

  • Feeling hypervigilant, in danger, or easily startled

  • Emotional volatility

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Anxiety and related physical symptoms; body aches, sweating, nausea, trembling, dizziness, or chest pains

Experiencing these symptoms initially after a traumatic incident is known as an 'acute stress reaction', but may be a sign of PTSD if they persist for over a month. 

Read our blog on PTSD here.

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