Traumatic events such as accidents, physical assaults and car accidents natural disasters, sexual assaults and industrial accidents can happen to anyone.
These victims may commonly experience intense fear, difficulty sleeping and difficulty coping with daily life.
When it comes to trauma everyone is different, however there are common patterns that victims go through. Some of the biggest problems they face include:
- Being unable to escape thoughts and feelings of the event: Constantly replaying fearful thoughts, visions and sounds of the event.
- Struggling with feelings such as guilt, betrayal, loss of trust and inadequacy. Victims often struggle to make sense what has happened and struggle with feelings of guilt and inadequacy. They
may feel doomed or that they not the same person as they were before the event. For instance, an outgoing person may become withdrawn and flat.
- Difficulties functioning at work and at home: Many victims feel tense and irritable a lot of the time, leading to difficulty concentrating and a tendency to fly off the handle at the slightest provocation.
- Avoidance behaviours : It is common to avoid people and places associated with the trauma. If you have had a car accident you may avoid driving again.
So why contact Now Psychological Services?
Studies indicate that PTSD may run a chronic course unless treatment is undertaken. Research studies (Kessler and colleagues, 1995) show that although rates of PTSD decrease in the first year after traumatic exposure about 40 percent of people had ongoing PTSD after many years. Similar rates of chronic PTSD have been found in firefighters after a major bushfire, where 56 per cent of those who had the disorder following the fire still had it four years later (McFarlane and Papay, 1992). However, with treatment most PTSD victims can recover.