Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is usually triggered by a terrifying or overwhelming event(s) which is either experienced or witnessed. The resulting symptoms of experiencing trauma are endless but can include flashbacks, nightmares, depression, severe anxiety, anger, phobias, shame or eating problems.
Usually, people who experience traumatic events may initially have difficulty adjusting and coping but, with time and good self-care, they usually begin to improve. For some people, though, the symptoms get worse, or last for a long period of time which can start to interfere with day-to-day functioning.
A formal diagnosis of PTSD is not needed to begin psychological therapy for trauma related symptoms. Trauma can be a one-off significant event or even a series of smaller emotional injuries from early life, and which may not be recalled individually, but which have had a cumulative effect. These traumas can severely interfere with our ability to function and enjoy our lives in the present.
Recommended therapies for trauma and PTSD:
- Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Counselling and psychotherapy
Recommended therapists for trauma: