Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs in response to an identifiable traumatic event, such as a motor vehicle accident, assault, combat/war experience, or the witnessing of such an event. In the months following the trauma, the affected person persistently experiences heightened levels of physical anxiety, reminders of the trauma, which may include nightmares and a strong drive to avoid all reminders of the traumatic event/s. A person suffering from PTSD may also experience feelings of emotional numbness and may find it difficult to feel close to loved ones and engage in life. Irritability, anger and an inability to tolerate loud noise, are common in PTSD. Left untreated, PTSD can have serious consequences, including increasing the risk of developing a substance abuse problem, depression as well as suicide. PTSD increasingly affects Australian combat veterans returning from service.
At Vital Mind Psychology, we have the skills, experience and expertise to accurately assess and treat post traumatic stress disorder.