A trauma can be anything that has happened to you that has caused you alot of distress, but can have lasting effect on you. For some people it can seem like they relive the event over and over again like its been relived everyday.
Traumatic events that can cause PTSD include:
PTSD symptoms include:
Symptoms may be seen shortly after the event or may emerge some time later.
Not everyone who goes through a traumatic event will experience PTSD.
Many people with PTSD also have a number of other difficulties such as self-harming or destructive behaviour
Hyperarousal (feeling 'on edge')
Someone with PTSD may be very anxious and find it difficult to relax. They may be constantly aware of threats and easily startled. This state of mind is known as hyperarousal.
Hyperarousal often leads to:
Triggers can happen at any time by any of the following that reminds you of the traumatic even as though it was happening again.
How common is PTSD?
PTSD affects around 1 in 3 people after a traumatic event. PTSD can occur at any age, including childhood.
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