Traumatic experiences can happen to anyone, a serious accident, a victim of a crime or natural disasters. It is normal, following these experiences, to feel very distressed. People often struggle to get the thoughts of the trauma out of their mind and may experience nightmares. This can last a few days or weeks. Allowing enough time to heal physically and emotionally is very important to recovery. Some people find it helpful to discuss their experiences, others prefer not to. Either strategy is fine, provided that you feel able to choose what you do.
Up to 20% of people who have been exposed to a traumatic event go on to develop a problem called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life.
Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) Audio Guide