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Trauma and PTSD Psychologist in Sydney

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a particular set of reactions that develops in those of us who have been through Trauma. Traumatic events can be singular, enduring, or repeated events including: a car or other serious accident; physical or sexual assault; war or torture; violent crime; medical emergencies; or natural disasters. Feelings of intense fear, helplessness or horror are common in response to these traumatic events.

More common life experiences will cause a Trauma reaction when important people or institutions betray or disillusion us in some unforeseen way. As such, the unexpected break up of a relationship, discovery of an affair, unfair dismissal, and workplace bullying can be traumatic.

Those of us with PTSD will experiences four main types of difficulties:
Re-living the traumatic event – unwanted and recurring memories, vivid images and nightmares.
Being overly alert or wound up – sleeping difficulties, irritability, lack of concentration and excessive wariness.
Avoiding reminders of the event –avoiding activities, places, people, thoughts or feelings associated with the event because they bring back painful memories.
Feeling emotionally numb – loss of interest in day-to-day activities, detachment from friends and family, feeling flat and numb.

Psychological therapy is essential in these situations to help you manage the symptoms of Trauma, to emotionally process the Trauma and move ahead in a positive life direction.

Symptoms of trauma include:
Unwanted thoughts, images and distressing memories of the trauma.
Nightmares and daytime flashbacks.
Physical feelings of re-experiencing the event.
Feelings of fear and constant alertness for danger.
Being easily startled.
Being irritable or having angry outbursts.
Concentration or sleep difficulty.
Avoiding reminders (e.g. places, people) of the trauma.
Feeling numb and detached from others.
Loss of interest or pleasure in your usual activities.
Use of substances including alcohol to try to escape the distressing feelings.
Intense anxiety and panic attacks.
Emotional exhaustion.
Memory problems or loss of memory for aspects of the trauma.

Symptoms of trauma include:
Nightmares and daytime flashbacks.
Physical feelings of re-experiencing the event.
Feelings of fear and constant alertness for danger.
Being easily startled.
Being irritable or having angry outbursts.
Concentration or sleep difficulty.
Avoiding reminders (e.g. places, people) of the trauma.
Feeling numb and detached from others.
Loss of interest or pleasure in your usual activities.
Use of substances including alcohol to try to escape the distressing feelings.
Intense anxiety and panic attacks.
Emotional exhaustion.
Memory problems or loss of memory for aspects of the trauma.

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