Post-traumatic stress disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (otherwise known as PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. It can develop in any situation where a person feels extreme fear, horror or helplessness.
- What can cause PTSD?
PTSD can be caused by:-
- military combat
- serious road accidents
- natural disasters, such as severe floods, earthquakes or tsunamis
- witnessing violent deaths
- violent personal assaults
- How long does PTSD take to develop?
PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.
- Recognised symptoms of PTSD
Symptoms can include:-
- Flash backs, nightmares and intrusive thoughts.
- Feelings of isolation and guilt
- Avoiding thinking or talking about the events or avoiding meeting people associated with the trauma.
- Increased arousal, difficulty sleeping, agitation and problems concentrating. You may find that you get easily upset or angry.
People who have experienced an incident which they thought might kill either them or someone close to them may experience PTSD type symptoms
- Our experience
We understand this reaction and will be sympathetic. Indeed we expect many of our clients to have suffered in this way. We believe that psychological symptoms should never be downplayed. You should not feel embarrassed to tell us that you are not coping. Treatment can be highly effective and does not necessarily involve medication. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EDMR) are both options. Whilst NHS waiting lists can be very long, treatment is available privately. Due to our experience, we can put you in contact with the correct medical practitioners and rehabilitation centres, so that you can obtain the treatment that you need. This can then be paid for as part of your claim.