Post traumatic stress is extreme anxiety caused by a very frightening, stressful or distressing event. It was first recognised in war veterans and was often referred to as shell shock after the 1st and 2nd world wars. More recently though research shows that PTS and PTSD can be caused by many other situations and more people suffer from it than initially thought.
If you have gone through something which has rocked your life to the core you no longer feel safe in your world and surroundings. You can experience anxiety and have some symptoms such as sleeplessness, feeling numb, unable to socialise or concentrate. This can be an acute stress reaction post event ( post traumatic stress) and will often pass after a few weeks. You can get help from counselling therapies to support you through this and help you to understand how it affects you. You will probably only need short term support as things resolve themselves.
If the symptoms you are having persist for more than 4 to 6 weeks you should see your GP. You may be diagnosed with the longer term condition Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The GP will often refer you to a therapist for counselling therapy and this can be done in combination with any medical treatment you are receiving.
There are different types of PTSD. Sometime onset is delayed for many months or even years and that is why you might not associate what is happening to you with an event previously in your life.
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