The London Anxiety Clinic

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Post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can occur immediately after someone has experienced a terrifying experience or months and years after the event. It is normal to experience confusion and distress after a traumatic event and sometimes the symptoms pass on their own. It is when symptoms persist that they can become troublesome.

The type of events that can cause PTSD include:

  • Serious road accidents
  • Violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery
  • Prolonged sexual abuse, violence or severe neglect
  • Witnessing violent deaths
  • Military combat
  • Being held hostage
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Natural disasters, such as severe floods, earthquakes or tsunamis

PTSD can also be experienced as a reliving of the events, including flashbacks, nightmares, feelings of guilt, isolation and outbursts of anger and irritability. For more information and references please refer to:

www.nhs.uk/Conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder

http://www.ptsduk.org/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004735/