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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety caused by experiencing a frightening, unsafe, or life threatening situation that has caused you to feel extreme fear, horror or helplessness. Sometimes people think PTSD only affects combat veterans; however it can affect anybody.

Situations that may trigger PTSD include:

  • military combat

  • a serious road traffic accident

  • childbirth experiences

  • an assault, mugging or robbery

  • rape or sexual assault

Symptoms of PTSD can include:

  • flashbacks (feeling as though you are reliving the trauma over and over again)

  • nightmares and distressing thoughts

  • becoming easily startled or anxious

  • feeling tense or "on edge"

  • having difficulty sleeping

  • staying away from places, objects or events that remind you of the experience

  • feeling emotionally numb

  • trouble remembering the event

Although the symptoms of PTSD can be very scary they don't have to continue. The Steps to Wellbeing Service provides treatment that has been shown to be effective in treating PTSD and reducing the impact it has on an individual's life.