What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a group of stress reactions that can develop after we witness a traumatic event, such as death, serious injury or sexual violence to ourselves or to others.

PTSD can happen after we’ve been through one traumatic event, or after repeated exposure to trauma. Sometimes, PTSD can develop after hearing details about devastating and traumatic events many times, like the experience of some emergency workers.

It’s important to seek help to manage PTSD. There are effective treatments for PTSD, and you can feel better.

Signs and Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD has four groups of symptoms
1. Re-experiencing the trauma

Symptoms may include:

  • Distressing or obtrusive thoughts or memories
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks of trauma
  • Severe reactions to things that remind us of the trauma
  • Reliving events that leads to a racing heartrate
2. Avoiding reminders of the event

Reminders may include:

  • People
  • Places
  • Objects
  • Conversations
  • Activities
3. Negative changes in thoughts and mood after the trauma

Symptoms may include:

  • Forgetfulness about the past
  • Heightened sense of danger
  • Blaming yourself or others
  • Feeling very down or numb
  • Feeling strong guilt, horror or anger
  • Unable to enjoy things you found pleasurable.
4. Feeling ‘on edge’ and overly aroused

Symptoms may include:

  • Irritability
  • Anger outbursts
  • Reckless behaviour
  • Feeling ‘jumpy’
  • Unable to sleep
  • unable to concentrate

Treating PTSD

There are three broad categories of treatment for PTSD:

  • Psychological (mind and talk therapies including CBT counselling and EMDR therapies)
  • Physical (GP, dietician and consultation)
  • Exercise, Mindfulness and Alternative Therapies including breathing, meditation and healing therapy)

Here at HPTW we recommend you see your local GP, book in for a dietician session,  and explore our range of therapeutic, counselling and healing and life coaching pathways.

We have seen great outcomes with guests experiencing a significant reduction in symptoms of PTSD.

There is hope for you also.