Post Traumatic Stress
Post traumatic stress is a term which many trauma sufferers may identify with easily. Unfortunately it is also something that can creep up on us without even being fully aware of what is happening.
Shell shock and Battle Fatigue
Initially the term was associated with the battlefield in other guises as “shell shock” and “battle fatigue” during the first and second world war. However during the Vietnam war the term “post traumatic stress” came to the fore and many war veterans were diagnosed with the condition.
PTSD and Trauma
However, more recently the term PTSD can be used to describe the psychological conditions associated with any traumatic event.
Symptoms of PTSD
Some of the well known symptoms can be:
- Panic attacks
- Vivid flashbacks
- very intense feelings when being reminded of the trauma
- Avoidance of any reminders of trauma
- Pain, sweating, nausea, feeling lightheaded
- Being easily upset or angry
- Lack of concentration
- Self-destructive behaviours
- Keeping constantly busy to avoid thinking
- Angry and irritable
- Feeling detached and emotionally numb
- Feeling suicidal
It can be a very frightening experience for individuals with PTSD and often the sufferers can feel very isolated thinking that this is only happening to them. There are various things which can help in time – but the biggest barrier to this can be impatience. The feelings are so frightening that an instant cure is sought, but sadly this approach is often very short lived. So a more balanced, rounded approach can often last much longer and also help to make a person feel more confident once the strategies have been put in place.
- Talk to someone close to you
- Talk to people in similar situations
- Give yourself time
- Contact an organisation for support and educate yourself about PTSD
- Contact your GP
Families in Trauma
I have found in the course of my work that many people suffer from PTSD and feel there will be no way through this – but eventually with time, patience and help – it can be possible. Families in Trauma will also be interviewing people who have shared their experiences of PTSD and we hope that it will be a help for many people. Please feel free to share this blog with others who may need it or to anyone who may want to share their experiences and be interviewed either through video or audio.