POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder

Does the world feel like a frightening, dangerous place for you?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a particular set of reactions that can develop in people who have been through a traumatic event which threatened their life or safety, or that of others around them. This could be a car or other serious accident, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or disasters such as bushfires or floods. As a result, the person experiences feelings of intense fear, helplessness or horror.

Symptoms to look out for

Depression can be different for everyone, but there are some common signs and symptoms:

Changes To Feelings Or Emotions

  • Feeling unhappy, moody and irritable/snappy for more than two weeks. Some people also have feelings of emptiness or numbness
  • No longer enjoy
  • Feeling worthless or guilty a lot of the time
  • Feeling like everything has become ‘too hard’

Changes To Feelings Or Emotions

  • Negative thoughts about themselves, the world and the future
  • Having a hard time concentrating and making decisions, or remembering things
  • Having thoughts of death or suicide.

Changes To Feelings Or Emotions

  • Feeling tired most of the time
  • Low energy and motivation
  • Having trouble sleeping (getting to sleep, staying asleep or waking up in the morning)
  • Loss of interest in food or eating too much, leading to weight loss or gain
  • Aches and pains that can’t be explained.

Think You Might Be Experiencing Depression?

If you are concerned about your mental health, you can take a free, online and anonymous depression self-test here

Depression can be different for everyone, but there are some common signs and symptoms:

Changes To Feelings Or Emotions

  • Feeling unhappy, moody and irritable/snappy for more than two weeks. Some people also have feelings of emptiness or numbness
  • No longer enjoying things that used to be enjoyable
  • Feeling worthless or guilty a lot of the time
  • Feeling like everything has become ‘too hard’

Depression can be different for everyone, but there are some common signs and symptoms:

Changes To Feelings Or Emotions

  • Feeling unhappy, moody and irritable/snappy for more than two weeks. Some people also have feelings of emptiness or numbness
  • No longer enjoying things that used to be enjoyable
  • Feeling worthless or guilty a lot of the time
  • Feeling like everything has become ‘too hard’

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