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Post traumatic stress disorder

Experiencing a serious threat to your life or wellbeing, or witnessing the threat to another can lead to the experience of trauma. Our bodies and minds respond to trauma in many different ways.

Post traumatic stress disorder is a response to trauma that includes some or all of the following symptoms: intrusive imagery, nightmares, reliving experiences, flashbacks, emotional numbing and or anger and irritability together with an avoidance of anything that reminds you of the trauma. It can include feelings of overwhelming fear, panic, distress and anxiety.

Individuals commonly try to avoid thoughts and feelings associated with the traumatic event/s, can experience difficulty sleeping with sleep disturbed by nightmares. Many sufferers report feeling a sense of isolation from others and relationships with significant others can be affected. Sometimes a person can react to triggers, both expected and unexpected in distressing ways. Some people find that their working, social or home lives become a struggle.

Experiencing difficulty concentrating, always on the alert, experiencing recurrent and intrusive recollections of the traumatic event typically causes intense feelings of distress, making each day a challenge to be endured and lived through with sufferers feeling hopeless about the future.

Although many people typically associate PTSD with those individuals who have been involved in a major disaster or who have faced combat in the armed forces, PTSD can be experienced subsequent to widely different situations.

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Witnessing or being a victim of domestic violence, being the victim of crime or physical, sexual or emotional violence, being involved in or witnessing a serious accident, experiencing the sudden death of a loved one, experiencing bullying or persistent maltreatment in the work place, experiencing a traumatic birth or any other event that caused you to fear for your life or that of another can be implicated in the onset of PTSD.

Clinical trials have shown CBT to be an effective therapy for the management of PTSD. If this is something you think you might benefit from and would like to find out a little more about how we may be of help then our friendly and approachable staff at ACAPS would welcome your call.

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