If you have been involved in a serious accident or witnessed a shocking event, you may develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Below is a guide to the symptoms of PTSD and information about how counselling may help you to control and recover from the disorder.

Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD can impact on your health in many ways. Some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Flashbacks: You may feel you are experiencing the trauma again.
  • Nightmares: You may be woken from sleep due to vivid nightmares involving the traumatic event.
  • Anxiety: You may have periods of feeling anxious and irritable, which can cause you to become angry with others for no reason.

As well as impacting on your health and wellbeing, these symptoms can also damage your relationships with your partner and the rest of your family. There are different types of counselling available which can help you to deal with the symptoms of PTSD and to strengthen your relationships with others.

Individual counselling

Individual counselling sessions will help you to work through the trauma you have experienced. Talking about the traumatic event with a trained professional can help you to make sense of what has happened to you. This can help to reduce the frequency and intensity of your symptoms. A counsellor will also be able to work with you to identify any triggers for your PTSD. You will then be able to make changes to your life in order to avoid these triggers. 

Couples counselling

PTSD can impact your ability to play an active role in a relationship. This can lead to stress and resentment entering into the relationship. Attending couples counselling can help your partner to understand the impact PTSD is having on your health and wellbeing. It can also help you to gain a better understanding of the impact PTSD is having on your partner's life. A counsellor will help you to explore your relationship so you can attend to any areas which are causing problems.

Family counselling

If you have children, you may wish to attend family counselling. If you are frequently on edge, your children may feel afraid of you. PTSD can also make you feel detached, which can create a sense of distance between you and your kids. Family counselling will help you to reconnect with your children while dealing with any emotional issues you or they are experiencing as a result of the PTSD. The safe space provided during family counselling will help you to reconnect with your family and to develop strategies which will help you to combat the impact of PTSD.

If you would like further information, you should contact a counsellor today.