Have you been affected by trauma?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder which you may develop after being involved in, or witnessing, traumatic events. When something traumatic happens in your life it shakes you to the core. It can feel like the world is no longer a safe place and it becomes somewhere that bad things can and do happen.
You could be experiencing:
- Reliving aspects of what happened– vivid flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, nightmares and physical sensations
- Alertness or feeling on edge– panicking, being easily upset or angry, being jumpy, self-destructive, reckless, having issues with concentration and mood
- Avoiding feeling or memories – keeping busy, avoidance, feeling emotionally and physically numb, isolating, using drugs and alcohol to escape
- Difficult beliefs or feelings – issues with trust, safety, understanding, blame, anger, sadness and guilt
If you are given a diagnosis of PTSD, you might be told that you have mild, moderate or severe PTSD. This explains what sort of impact your symptoms are having on you currently – it’s not a description of how frightening or upsetting your experiences might have been.
PTSD may be described differently in some situations:
- Delayed-onset PTSD – if your symptoms emerge more than six months after experiencing trauma, this might be described as ‘delayed PTSD’ or ‘delayed-onset PTSD’.
- Complex PTSD – if you experienced trauma at an early age or it lasted for a long time, you might be given a diagnosis of ‘complex PTSD’.
- Birth trauma – PTSD that develops after a traumatic experience of childbirth is also known as ‘birth trauma’.
Whether you need help managing the symptoms of your condition or wish to explore an assessment and diagnosis in a safe and comfortable way, The Private Clinic Group is here for you to achieve this.
To find out more how we can help you or a loved one suffering with PTSD, please feel free to call us on 0203 960 8689