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.