Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition that follows an event that the person finds terrifying, either physically or emotionally, causing the person who experienced the event to have persistent, frightening thoughts and memories, or flashbacks, of the ordeal. Sometimes after effects from the traumatic events can be delayed for 6 months or longer, but when PTSD occurs soon after an event, the condition generally improves after 3 months. Some people with PTSD have long-term effects and often feel chronically, emotionally numb. PTSD in children usually becomes a chronic disorder.
Worried that you or your loved one might be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder?
- Do you or your loved one have sleep disturbances?
- Are you or your loved one feel jittery or “on guard”, losing touch with reality?
- Do you or your loved one have a loss of interest in things they used to enjoy; appears detached, has general lack of responsiveness, feeling numb?
- Do you or your loved one have trouble feeling affectionate and avoids certain places or situations that bring back memories?
- Are you or your loved one often irritable, more aggressive than before, or even violent?
- Do you or your loved one have flashbacks or intrusive images (flashbacks can come in the form of images, sounds, smells, or feelings; a person usually believes that the traumatic event is happening all over again)?
- Do you or your loved one often worry about dying at an early age?
- Do you or your loved one have regressive behaviours; acting younger than their age (such as thumb-sucking or bedwetting)?
Treatments we can help you with:
Cognitive behaviour therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)