Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop when some has experienced multiple and repeated traumatic events which include childhood abuse, domestic violence, physical assaults, torture or significant events which have shocked and had a long term effect on someone.
It is usual for people to be upset and shocked following a frightening incident. They may have flashbacks, feelings of fear and panic, and have trouble sleeping, concentrating or going back to the activities they did before. For most people, as time goes on, these feelings of stress diminish and they find themselves not forgetting the incident, but thinking about it less. To a point when it has less influence on their daily lives.
For some, their feelings can get stronger, creating obstacles and difficulties to continuing with every day life. People who remain stress and traumatised many weeks or months later will need to get specialist help to help them process these feelings to reduce the stress and impact on their day-to-day lives.
Our local community mental health teams can offer assessment and psychological treatment.