The reason we have written this blog is simply because we interact with many people every day. Many we speak to or liaise with online show classic signs of PTSD and may not be aware they are suffering.
We hope by raising the issue of PTSD that parents, teachers and professionals read the blog and take appropriate action. PTSD can be managed, and it has been documented that for some individuals it can completely disappear without rationale after years of suffering.
What is PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety condition, normally triggered by very stressful, traumatic and frightening events.
Causes are not defined by any explicit threshold other than subjectively a person has experienced a emotionally disturbing event.
It may include but absolutely not limited to any of the following:
In this instance we would add to the list prolonged stressors over a significant issue.
PTSD can develop immediately or months or years after the event. Why this happens is not always clear, but often humans will not always process events immediately. Subconscious processing can take place in the mode of ‘dreams’ or flashbacks. Which can be as terrifying as the actual event.
The list is not exhaustive and often PTSD is difficult to diagnose as it has many symptoms.
Intrusive anxiety that you can’t seem to rationalise or control
If triggered can become aggressive which is not in line with ‘normal personality’
Insomnia or trouble sleeping
Emotional and angry outbursts
Distress – physical such as heart palpitations or panic attacks
Feeling watchful or always in fight or flight mode
Fear of seeking medical advice in case it is used against you.
Fear of clinicians telling you there is nothing wrong or it is all in your mind.
If you are feeling any of these symptoms it is very important to seek medical advice, despite any fears.
Due to its nature PTSD can be very complex, as it can manifest itself in addictions or self harm.
It can be difficult for people experiencing PTSD, to trust individuals. Therefore the basis and grounding of any good therapy will work around creating trust between therapist and client.
Trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy or EDMR can be used. It is important that any addictions are addressed separately and ongoing support is offered after treatment has ended.
If you are feeling or experiencing any of the issues discussed in this article. In England you can self refer yourself for therapy via APT scheme CCG are running.
Ask your local CCG how you do this.
You can self refer to speak to a therapist – it may take a few weeks to get an appointment.
If you are experiencing more acute symptoms such as feeling suicidal please contact your GP or Primary Care Physician immediately.
Charities such as The Samaritans offer a 24/7 helpline where you can speak to someone anonymously you can call them on 116123
Mind also offers a talking service on 0300 123 3393 or text on 86463
In the USA you can avail of help on these two numbers.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (ESP) can be reached at 1-888-628-9454
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Deaf & Hard of Hearing Options) can be reached at 1-800-799-4889
Below are a list of international suicide hotlines.
Austria: 142; for children and young people, 147
Bosnia & Herzegovina: 080 05 03 05
Brazil: 188 for the CVV National Association
Canada: 1.833.456.4566, 5147234000 (Montreal); 18662773553 (outside Montreal)
Estonia: 3726558088; in Russian 3726555688
Finland: 010 195 202
Hong Kong: +852 2382 0000
New Zealand: 0800543354
Portugal: 21 854 07 40/8 . 96 898 21 50
South Africa: 0514445691
Veterans' Crisis Line: 1 800 273 8255/ text 838255