Post Traumatic Stress

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that can develop after a person suffers a traumatic event, such as:

50% of young Afghan asylum seekers arrive in the UK with PTSD

30% of veterans from the Vietnam war experience PTSD

66% of prisoners of war suffer from symptoms of PTSD

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PTSD?

ANGER

Getting easily irritated and finding it hard to control your temper

INSOMNIA

You can’t fall asleep and you keep waking up during the night

HYPER-VIGILANCE

Feeling on-edge or that you are on “red alert” all the time

FLASHBACKS

When you feel like a memory from the past is happening to you right now

NIGHTMARES

Having bad dreams, night-terrors or shouting out loud in your sleep

SUICIDE

Feeling like you want to die, or having thoughts of killing yourself

Treatments for PTSD

EMDR

Is the new therapy for PTSD. Studies show it is more helpful than counselling. It helps to “re-process” the traumatic memory so it stops feeling like it is still happening.

Medication

like anti-depressant pills or sleeping tablets is common. It can help to manage the symptoms but it does not cure the problem that caused them.

Relaxation

involves things like yoga, meditation or tai chi. Some people find this helps them bring down their stress and cope better with their lives.

Resilience

can be improved through attending support groups, counselling, CBT, exercise, staying healthy and not self-medicating through drugs and alcohol.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FEEL SUICIDAL

TALK

Don’t keep it all to yourself

GET HELP

Visit your GP or doctor for advice

SUPPORT

The Samaritans can give support: 08457 909090

EMERGENCIES

You can visit the A&E at hospital or call 999