Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can result from a variety of experiences including violent attacks (including mugging, rape, torture), terrorism, being held captive, child abuse, serious accidents, natural disasters, or any major fearful experience. Usually the cause is something that threatened (or felt like it threatened) your life, or the life of someone very close to you, or it could be something was witnessed, such as a death.
Some individuals with PTSD repeatedly relive their trauma through dreams, nightmares, and disturbing memories throughout the day. You may also experience sleep problems, feel alienated from reality, or be easily startled. Whether you’ve received a clinical diagnosis of PTSD or not, the actual feelings, thoughts and symptoms are the same. The daily struggle to be calm is continual.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you on edge all the time, or experiencing panic attacks?
- Do you have flashbacks, nightmares or sleep issues?
- Do you feel isolated and cut off from those around you?
- Are you self-medicating?
- Do you have difficulty experiencing positive feelings such as happiness and love?
Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Eating disorders
- Repeated panic attacks
- Physical symptoms or ailments
With first-hand experience of the challenges and life-long implications of PTSD, LWA is dedicated to implementing change to how sufferers are supported to stop the nightmares and flashbacks. We want to give sufferers and their families a positive future.
With the right treatment for you, together with help and support, a full recovery is possible. Contact us to book your initial consultation at either of our clinics in Folkestone or London.
Are you armed forces, a midwife, an emergency service provider? We are researching PTSD and need your help.