Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who has been exposed to a traumatic event, where they experienced fear, helplessness or horror. Examples of traumatic events include serious accidents, being told you have a life threatening illness, bereavement (including loss of a pregnancy or baby), being attacked, traumatic childbirth, military combat, and natural disaster.
Trauma symptoms vary from person to person, but can include increased anxiety, being on constant high alert, physical reactions to reminders of the event, irritability, avoidance of reminders, feeling cut off to emotions or the environment, flashbacks (feeling the event is happening again), or nightmares.
These symptoms are caused by a memory filing error as a result of the trauma interrupting normal memory processing. Very often the symptoms of trauma dissipate after a number of weeks. If symptoms continue for longer than a month you should seek professional help.
Psychological therapy can help you reprocess the traumatic events, limiting their impact on your functioning and helping you to feel happier.
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