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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatments in Cardiff, Newport, Bridgend and London.

When an individual experiences an event that is overwhelming, frightening, and beyond their control it can set off a reaction that can last for many months or years and which can have a devestating impact on their life.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) could be the result of being involved or at the scene of a car crash or be the victim of an assault. As a result members of the emergency services are more likely to have such experiences  as they often have to deal with very stressful and horrifying secenes. In recent years of course Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been significantly seen in our armed forces following engagements abroad in battlefield.

In addition to the above Complex PTSD can also be experienced by people who have repeatedly endured severe neglect or abuse as an adult or as a child or have suffered repeated violence or abuse as an adult, such as torture or violent imprisonment.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) usually commences after a traumatic event where you perceive your life is threatened, or where you see other people dying or being injured. In addition it can also impact on those who are associated with the event who may only hear about incident which has caused an unexpected injury or violent death of a family member or close friend.  Post Traunatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can start immediately or after a delay of weeks or months, but usually within 6 months of the traumatic event.

The symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be many and varied but typically include the following:

  • Grief stricken
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Anger

In addition individuals may experience:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Avoidance – Distracting strategies by throwing themselves into activities, avoiding places or people who remind them of the incident or try not to talk about it.
  • Numbing – communicating less with people and becoming emotionally numb.
  • Being on Guard – Not being able to relax and being hypervigilant. This may cause sleep issues and personality issues such as irritability.

More information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be found in our Resource Library.

An individual who is experiencing Post Traumatic Disorder (PTSD) should seek professional psychiatric help and support immediately. Please contact Ahed Therapies at our Cardiff and Central London clinicS today if you require help.