post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop in some who have experienced a traumatic event that threatened their life or safety, or that of others around them. The event could have been a physical or sexual assault, war, torture, an accident (e.g. car/plane/train), or a natural disaster (e.g. earthquake/fire/flood). Although individual traumas may differ, many symptoms, feelings, and thoughts are the same among those with PTSD.


SYMPTOMS:

Panic Attacks

Depression

Anxiety

Flashbacks

Heart Palpitations

Intrusive Memories

Dissociation

Depersonalization

Derealization

Hypervigilance

Avoiding places/events

Isolating from people

Hyperarousal

Nightmares

Sweating

Lack of concentration


FEELINGS & THOUGHTS:

Guilt

Feeling emotionally numb

Irritability

Feeling as if you are reliving the event

Worry

Fear


HOW CAN COUNSELLING HELP?


Counselling will aid you in processing the memories and emotions associated with your trauma and help you to alleviate, intrusive thoughts and persistent memories. Help you stop feeling as though you are reliving the event. Aid you with grounding and staying present. Provide you with coping skills that will allow you to regain your sense of self.


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