Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often considered to be a condition caused by a trauma or traumas experienced in the military, police, firefighters or other high risk jobs. While a large percentage of this diagnosis applies to these groups, there are other trauma events that precipitate PTSD reactions including:

  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • car accidents
  • witnessing violent death

Any traumatic experience can precipitate symptoms of PTSD. People are all different. Therefore, it is important to note that not everyone experiences these symptoms following any specific event. What is traumatizing for you may not be traumatizing for someone else and vice versa. The experienced psychologists at Roth Associates in Psychology and Counselling in Halifax can help you deal with these many issues surrounding PTSD.

If you have been involved in or witnessed a traumatic event (past or recent) and are experiencing PTSD symptoms, it is recommended that you see a psychologist for an assessment. PTSD is nothing to be ashamed of. A thorough assessment can help you understand your reactions. With the proper treatment, the symptoms can be decreased and managed.

 PTSD Symptoms

  • sleep appetite disturbance
  • irritability or outbursts of anger
  • difficulty concentrating
  • hypervigilance
  • exaggerated startle response
  • efforts to avoid thought, feelings or conversations associated with the trauma
  • efforts to avoid activities, places or people that arouse recollection of the event
  • feeling detached from others
  • unable to have loving feelings e.g. show empathy
  • diminished interest or participation in significant activities

These are only a few of the symptoms for PTSD. Other conditions such as Clinical Depression can exhibit similar symptoms. Therefore, an assessment by a psychologist qualified in the area should be conducted before making a definitive diagnosis.

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