Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop after any trauma, including the experience of war, violent crime, sexual assualt, work place or Road Traffic Accidents. For many veterans or other defence personnel, PTSD develops following their military experiences.
PTSD entails that a series of behaviours and symptoms develop, which create a negative impact on an individual's wellbeing, their relationships, and employment.
Individuals living with PTSD may become easily angered or irritated. They may seem emotionally disconnected and socially withdrawn. They may become intolerant perfectionists, making unreasonable demands on family members.
The same individual may behave in quite different ways at different times and symptoms can be erratic and seemingly contradictory. PTSD is often experienced in conjunction with other mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug misuse, and pathological gambling.
Individuals living with PTSD might experience some, or all, of the following symptoms:
Though some of these symptoms may emerge soon after the trauma, it is also important to remember that PTSD can emerge long after a traumatic experience; sometimes years after the event. Importantly, it is never too early or too late to seek treatment. For more information about our treatment services, please contact the Veterans Psychiatry Unit.