PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a condition caused by experiencing, or being witness too, a terrifying or traumatic event. Formally known as shell shock or battle fatigue syndrome, this does not mean that it exclusively affects only war veterans or people that work in the emergency services.
Whilst many of us will experience some kind of trauma during our lifetime, most of us will recover through self-care and the support of family and friends. If your symptoms worsen or last for a period longer than a few weeks and start to have a negative impact on your day to day life, then you may have PTSD.
PTSD can be caused by a variety of traumatic experiences some of which can include:
· Being involved in, or witnessing a serious road traffic accident
· Giving birth and having a difficult or traumatic time