Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): it is commonplace to encounter confusing or distressing feelings; being very upset.
PTSD post-traumatic stress disorder can take years to show, distressed feelings do not necessarily show themselves straight away – the mind will block memories out and you may feel numb for sometime.
It can be some considerable time that you develop physical and emotional reactions, maybe not being able to sleep, over-eating, under-eating, agitation and upset.
Understandable, however many of you will find your symptoms leave in a short period of time. Unfortunately some of you may have problems that last for a month or longer, your symptoms can be extreme and you may be given the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The distress you feel is limitless and you can develop #post-traumatic (post-traumatic stress disorder) symptoms many years after the upsetting event.
You may have felt numb for years, perhaps disorientated, dazed and unable to enjoy life. Perhaps you have a memory of the event and don’t want to accept it, you are in denial, and you will act like nothing horrible has happened to you. PTSD is a terrible, corrosive illness, if you think you have it, take action fast and go straight to your GP.
Although you may feel you are coping with the trauma, your body will take the brunt of the trauma and perhaps you will start to feel unwell, unexplained illness, lots of tests and the results showing nothing wrong.
When you are ready to talk about the event, when your subconscious starts processing the event and you become aware, ensure you engage with a professional. Talk to them about your feelings, what happened and why you feel the way you do.
It may be some time before you understand how you felt or how you feel, it may be frustrating, upsetting, confusing, but the end result will hopefully be acceptance, understanding and closure for you.
It is important not to isolate yourself when you are processing the information, you may consider talking to someone who had experienced a similar life event, but it is of paramount importance to engage with your GP.
To emphasise its importance, please ensure you engage with your doctor, they will refer you to a psychiatrist and you will be properly assessed and receive the right treatment. If you are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you will receive the necessary treatment and therapy.
If you need help, information or advice, contact me.