Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder and can occur as an acute disorder soon after a trauma, or have a delayed onset in which symptoms occur more than 6 months after the trauma. PTSD develops as a result of an extreme and often unexpected event or series of events. These events can include, but are not limited to, those that are related to physical or sexual assault, accidents, natural or man-made disasters, and war and/or military combat. PTSD or trauma can also be difficult for the family of the person experiencing it. Family members of those experiencing symptoms of PTSD often feel helpless and unsure how to help.
A person experiencing PTSD symptoms has usually been exposed to, or threatened with death or serious physical harm. PTSD may also occur if an individual has witnessed these events happening to others, especially a close friend or relative.
There are three main types of PTSD symptoms:
These PTSD symptoms often cause serious problems in every aspect of an individual’s day-to-day functioning, and often have a profound effect on the individual’s relationships. Therefore, if a family member is experiencing PTSD, and you feel you are struggling to come to terms with their experiences, there are many support networks and professionals that are able to help. As a family member, it can be distressing to watch them struggle with PTSD and the effects of trauma. Our psychologists can offer you support by:
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