Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

What is PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that you may experience if you have had a traumatic event or events in your life

We will all be familiar with PTSD when talking about military personnel and this condition was first discussed when talking about people who had been wounded/experienced repeated trauma in battlefield situations. You may have heard it being referred to ‘shell shock’, particularly in relation to WW1.

Like depression, if you receive a diagnosis of PTSD from a medial professional, they will usual talk about mild to moderate to severe PTSD. This will help you to get the right treatment that you need based on your symptoms.


Complex PTSD

People who have experienced repeated and prolonged traumatic events in their life may develop symptoms of complex PTSD. This is often the case for first responders who regularly deal with highly traumatic events.

Some of the symptoms of complex PTSD include (

  • difficulty controlling your emotions
  • feeling very angry or distrustful towards the world
  • constant feelings of emptiness or hopelessness
  • feeling as if you are permanently damaged or worthless
  • feeling as if you are completely different to other people
  • feeling like nobody can understand what happened to you
  • avoiding friendships and relationships, or finding them very difficult
  • often experiencing dissociative symptoms such as depersonalisation or derealisation
  • physical symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, chest pains and stomach aches
  • regular suicidal feelings.