Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Many people experience traumatic events during the course of their lives and in some cases, we can overcome these experiences with appropriate support and understanding. But for some people, the severity of the trauma or prolonged exposure can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. Trauma during the developmental period (i.e., early in life) can have particularly devastating consequences.
There are many situations that can lead to the development of PTSD such as witnessing a traumatic event, sexual assault, domestic violence, witnessing or being the victim of crime or repeated exposure to traumatic environments such as working in an emergency services role.
The effects of PTSD can have serious impacts on families, relationships, ability to work and many other aspects of daily life.
Symptoms of PTSD
People dealing with PTSD can experience:
- Repeated reliving of the traumatic experience
- Persistent flashbacks
- Avoiding situations that remind you of the trauma
- Nightmares and trouble sleeping
- Negative thoughts and feelings about yourself and others
- Anger and hypervigilance
- Physical symptoms such as agitation, dizziness and nausea
Symptoms of Complex PTSD (cPTSD)
People with cPTSD typically have the above PTSD symptoms along with additional symptoms, including:
- Difficulties with emotion regulation
- Negative self-perception
- Loss of systems of meaning (i.e., losing faith in the world)
Counselling and Therapeutic Approach
At Eucalyptus Psychology, your psychologist will work with you to find the most suitable approach to managing your PTSD. This could be a specific trauma based approach with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, or might be a different approach depending on what you and your psychologist decide.