What is PTSD
PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is a diagnosable disorder which occurs after severely stressful incidences, experiences or a series of major stress. For instance, those who work in the emergency services and war veterans.
But, generally speaking 6 % of the entire population will experience PTSD at some point in their lives! *1
Almost everyone will experience stress and trauma in their lives. It’s inevitable!
I expect you can recall numerous times in your own life!
But how do you deal with it?
It’s normal to respond to stress and trauma with feelings of sadness, being “on -edge,” or perhaps anxiety.
But when these feelings are intense, combined with additional symptoms (see below) and they last for more than a month or two, then it would be advisable that you looked for guidance and professional help.
Symptoms of PTSD
- Difficulty sleeping or trouble staying asleep
- Nightmares (possibly reoccurring)
- Feelings of agitation/ anger
- Feelings of grief/ despair
- Easily startled & jumpy
- Increased heart rate, reoccurring unexplainable aches & pains
Please do not use this list to diagnose yourself! If you are experiencing all or any of these then I urge you to seek professional help.
What Can Help These Symptoms & Where to Get it
- First and foremost- if you believe you may be experiencing PTSD then please ask for help! This should ideally be with your doctor/ local General Practitioner (G.P) if you are not already registered with a doctor then you can do an internet search for your nearest practitioner or ask in your local pharmacy.
2. Therapy/ Counselling
3. Speaking to a trusted friend, family member or a church leader
4. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Christian Based CBT
I hope this has been useful or informative. Any other comments, tips or testimonies, then please do share them in the comments section below. If you would like prayer or would like help to deal with any other stress and anxiety feel free to get in touch or book a free call with me below, I may be able to help you.