PTSD generally speaking is a severe form of anxiety disorder, generally suffered after experiencing or witnessing a serious traumatic event, involving the threat of personal injury, or of death.
In most cases fortunately, the psychiatric or psychological conditions arising from the incident will be fairly modest and quickly treated.
Any form of trauma (road accident, accident at work etc) can give rise to psychological problems. This is understandable, particularly where serious injuries are involved and/or the ability to work, to pay bills, and to live a normal lifestyle is concerned.
In some severe cases however, this may develop into an anxiety disorder of some severity, particularly if the traumatic event was particularly frightening, and may have involved a death, or fear of death, to the injured person or to another; or which may have affected the person in such a way, physically psychologically or sexually, and thereby undermines that person’s ability to cope.
Generally speaking, PTSD symptoms fall into the following main headings, namely:-
· Flash back episodes, where the traumatic event frequently repeats itself;
· Distressing memories of the incident;
· Repeated nightmares of the incident;
· Severe and unpleasant reaction to a situation which may remind you of the incident.
In some cases, the disorder may not become apparent immediately, and perhaps not for some time.
This condition can affect different people in different ways. PTSD can give rise to various symptoms, such as anger and irritability, often over relatively trivial things, excessive fatigue; excessive wakefulness; feeling numb emotionally; a feeling of detachment and as though you don’t care about anything; a feeling of hopeless and of having no future; to being easily startled and frightened and having an exaggerated response to situations; having problems with concentration or memory; of keeping your thoughts and moods very much to yourself rather than sharing them. Your pattern of behaviour can be very severely disrupted.
The symptoms mentioned above are not exhaustive, and different individuals will suffer different symptoms. However, they can be very intrusive, and any one suffering from such a condition really needs the help and support of a skilled and experienced representative, to guide them and support them throughout a difficult time.
This can often cause problems in the work place, in relationships, and can cause individuals to become very isolated from family and friends.
With expert help, this condition is normally treatable, and Bob Long has extensive experience of acting for clients with this condition, or conditions related closely to it. As well as acting for clients suffering from this condition, he has also attended various seminars, and has a connection to various well known and respected experts in this field.