Fact Sheet: POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

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1 Fact Sheet: POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER What is post traumatic stress disorder? Frightening and overwhelming traumatic experiences can have a strong impact on your mind and emotions, especially if they are life threatening. Post traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD for short, is an anxiety disorder and is one of a range of psychological reactions you can have to a traumatic incident such as: An accident (i.e. a car accident or workplace accident) Bullying (i.e. emotional or verbal abuse) Violence (i.e. sexual assault, physical violence or events that involved threatened death or serious injury) Frequent exposure to tragedies through employment (i.e. Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade, Nurses) A natural disaster, like bushfires, floods and cyclones War (i.e. being a soldier or the death of a loved one) Torture (i.e. some refugees may have escaped countries where this may have occurred) Experiencing a stressful or upsetting event, such as breaking up with your boyfriend or girlfriend, is not on the same scale as the traumatic events, such as those listed above, which can cause PTSD. How a traumatic experience might affect you It is not uncommon to experience strong emotional reactions like fear, horror, and helplessness at the time of a traumatic experience. Other emotions like sadness, guilt and anger are often felt in the days that follow. 1

2 These sort of reactions are normal and don't necessarily mean that there's a problem. If you are experiencing any of these feelings, it is important that you look after yourself. Most people will recover after a few weeks following a traumatic experience with the help of family and friends. However, for a small group the distress following the event persists, and interferes with important areas of their functioning. In such cases, it can no longer be considered a normal response to traumatic exposure and a diagnosis of PTSD would be considered. What might you be experiencing if you have PTSD? PTSD can be distressing with negative consequences for your health and wellbeing. It can affect anybody from any culture - men and women, young people, and children. People with PTSD may: Not be able to get the incident out of their mind. Sleep badly. Feel irritable with themselves and the world in general. Have trouble concentrating. Abuse alcohol or drugs to block out memories. Become unusually busy to avoid dealing with the issues. Struggle with uni, school or work. Have trouble connecting with others. Feel depressed, panicky or anxious. If you are experiencing any of these effects, it is important that you look after yourself and talk to someone about it. 2

3 PTSD symptoms cover three main areas 1. Intrusive memories 'Flashbacks', nightmares or daydreams 'intrude' into the life of someone with PTSD. They can be extremely vivid and sometimes make people feel as if the traumatic event is happening all over again. 2. Avoidance A natural response is often to avoid people or situations that remind them of the frightening event. For instance, if it was a car accident, they may not be able to drive or be a passenger. People with PTSD can become so numb that they 'shut down', withdraw from life, and have trouble connecting with others. 3. Heightened arousal People with 'heightened arousal' feel jumpy and on edge. Some are constantly on the lookout for signs of danger, as if another traumatic could happen. Anniversaries and other stressful times Anniversaries of traumatic events and tragedies may trigger some unpleasant emotions in people, even if they were not directly affected or involved. Seeing images in the media again on the anniversary, or recalling your reaction at the time, may be upsetting. You may also find other times difficult, especially when you are experiencing other stress in your life such as financial, work, health, or relationship problems. At those times, it is especially important that you look after yourself in the ways discussed in this fact sheet. Tips to help you cope with anniversaries and other difficult times Recognise that an anniversary can be a difficult period. Give yourself permission to feel some distress; it is perfectly normal and understandable. 3

4 Try to limit your exposure to media coverage about the anniversary, as well as your conversations about it with other people. Keep your normal routine going, but allow yourself some time out if you need it. Plan your days and build in plenty of relaxing and enjoyable activities. Spend time with other people especially those you care about and don t be afraid to ask for support if you need it. Look after yourself: get plenty of rest and exercise and eat sensibly; cut back on stimulants such as tea, coffee, chocolate, cola and cigarettes. If you drink alcohol, keep an eye on how much you drink. Try to relax. Listen to soothing music, go for a walk, take a hot bath, or do whatever works for you. Where to get help Your local doctor (GP) can make a start by seeing if your symptoms mean you have PTSD. A doctor can also help manage some of these symptoms. If you experience PTSD, it's likely that a doctor will recommend you see a mental health professional. These include psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists. Check out Reachout Australia or Beyondblue for more information. Types of treatment Dealing with the memories Talking about the traumatic event helps people confront what has happened to them. You can talk to your doctor, but a psychiatrist, psychologist or counsellor will be able to help more specifically with PTSD. They use a range of different ways to help you deal with the traumatic incident at your own pace. 4

5 Stress Management Your doctor or other health professional can help you ease the distress that comes with troublesome memories. Relaxation techniques, controlled breathing and other methods are an important part of managing PTSD symptoms. Lifestyle Even though you may not feel like it, exercising and eating well can help. Try to return to your old routine. This will help you get some structure and security back into your life. Go easy on the alcohol and other drugs - any good feeling from them is only temporary and the after effects usually make the PTSD worse. Medication Medication may form part of the treatment mix for PTSD. Consult your local doctor or psychiatrist to discuss your treatment 5

6 USEFUL LINKS Reachout Australia Beyondblue Coping with a stressful event: Fact Sheet Different counselling techniques: Fact Sheet Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: FACT SHEET (BEYONDBLUE) This material was developed by Unions NSW with the assistance of The Workers Health Centre as part of a project funded under the WorkCover NSW WorkCover Assist Program. Any views expressed are not necessarily those of WorkCover NSW. For more information please contact your union. This Fact Sheet is recommended as a guide only and is not a substitute for professional or legal advice. If you need clarification or further advice please consult your Union for further information 6

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