Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder isn’t an exclusive for war veterans! Anyone can have it given they have been in the wrong place at the wrong time so to speak. That’s not dispelling or minimising the after affects of war either.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect people who have been in natural disasters, air crashes, boat sinking ‘s, in fact accidents and catastrophic events even a car accident PSTD can affect you.

Here are some facts about PTSD.

It’s natural to be afraid when you’re in danger. It’s natural to be upset when something bad happens to you or your loved ones or even someone you know. But if you feel afraid and upset weeks or months later, it’s time to talk with your doctor. You might have post-traumatic stress disorder.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD?

PTSD is a real illness I’ll make that quite clear. You can get PTSD after living through or experiencing or seeing a dangerous event, such as war, a hurricane, or bad accident. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid even after the ‘REAL’ danger is over. It affects your life and the people around you.

If you have PTSD, you can get treatment and feel better.

Who gets PTSD?

  1. PTSD can happen to anyone at any age.
  2. Children get PTSD too.
  3. Witnessing domestic violence could trigger it
  4. You don’t have to be physically hurt to get PTSD. You can get it after you see other people, such as a friend or family member, get hurt.

What causes PTSD?

Living through or seeing something that’s upsetting and dangerous can cause PTSD. This can include:

  1. Being a victim of or seeing violence
  2. The death or serious illness of a loved one
  3. War or combat
  4. Car accidents and plane crashes
  5. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and house & bush fires
  6. Violent crimes, like a robbery or shooting
  7. There are many other things that can cause PTSD.
  8. Talk to your doctor if you are troubled by something that happened to you or someone you care about.How do I know if I have PTSD?

Here is a short questionnaire and if you can answer yes to at least 2 of the questions then you should contact us urgently for a further assessment and advice.

1. Have you suffered a traumatic event or accident?

2. Have you had repeated flashbacks or dreams about the event?

3. Has your behaviour changed as a result of the incident?

4. Have you become angry or suddenly suffering from feelings of anxiety?

5. Has your ability to concentrate been reduced or have you had memory loss or sudden intermittent short term memory lapses since the event?

6. Can you NOT stop thinking about the incident or event?

7. Disturbed sleep pattern or not able to sleep?

8 Waking up and getting angry very soon after being awake and getting up?

9 Feelings of anger and frustration but not knowing why and wanting to lash out at your loved ones but don’t knowing why you are doing it?

10 Feelings of avoidance, in that you cannot get into a car and/or go past the spot where the event happened or enter the place where the event took place?

Your doctor can help you find out.

Call your doctor if you have any of these problems:

  • Bad dreams
  • Flashbacks, or feeling like the scary event is happening again
  • Scary thoughts you can’t control
  • Staying away from places and things that remind you of what happened
  • Feeling worried, guilty, or sad
  • Feeling alone
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling on edge
  • Angry outbursts
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or others.

Children who have PTSD may show other types of problems.
These can include:

  • Behaving like they did when they were younger
  • Being unable to talk
  • Complaining of stomach problems or headaches a lot
  • Refusing to go places or play with friends.

When does PTSD start?

PTSD starts at different times for different people. Signs of PTSD may start soon after a frightening event and then continue. Other people develop new or more severe signs months or even years later.

How can I get better?

PTSD can be treated. A doctor or mental health professional who has experience in treating people with PTSD can help you. Treatment may include “talking” therapy, medication, or both.

Treatment might take 6 to 12 weeks. For some people, it takes longer. Treatment is not the same for everyone. What works for you might not work for someone else.
Drinking alcohol or using other drugs will not help PTSD go away and may even make it worse.

Facts About PTSD

  • PTSD can affect anyone at any age.
  • Millions of People get PTSD every year.
  • Many war veterans have had PTSD.
  • Women tend to get PTSD more often than men.
  • PTSD can be treated. You can feel better.
  • Don’t Hurt Yourself
  • You are not alone. Get help if you are thinking about hurting yourself.
  • Call your doctor.
  • Call 999/911 if you need help right away.
  • Talk to a trained counsellor at The Samaritans  08457 90 90 90 in the UK and Northern Ireland 1850 60 90 90 in the Republic of Ireland
  • UK Family Trauma  Hours: Mon – Fri: 9AM – 5PM, Sat: 10AM – 5PM, Sun: Helpline  10am to 1200hrs on 07894530018 or 01902 784630

Here are a selection of you-tube videos to help you if you think you or your loved ones have PTSD – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

1) Ex British soldier talking about PTSD

2) a Child affected & Suffering  PTSD – a poem to touch you!

3) PTSD in Children – PTSD Discussed