PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and “PTSD is essentially a memory filing error caused by a traumatic event”. (Ref: PTSD UK 2016)

PTSD usually occurs as a result of being involved, being witness to, hearing about a traumatic event or being exposed to repeated traumatic events (eg) police, paramedics, firefighters, soldiers and such like.

Traumatic events can include:

  • Bereavement/loss/death of another
  • Serious accident
  • Combat
  • Violent assault
  • Neglect in childhood
  • Bullying over a period of time
  • Terrorist attack
  • Natural disaster
  • House fire
  • Miscarriage

“It’s like a filing cabinet at work. You’ve been too busy to complete all your filing one day, so you drop it in your bottom drawer. Each day, you’re still too busy to go back to that filing, but the bulging drawer reminds you need done, and it makes you anxious. When you finally try to do the filing, you realise there are no reference numbers, you don’t who to ask for help, and you can’t read the documents to know where they should go, so you drop it back into your bottom drawer."

This cycle will continue until you ask someone for help. Someone who can understand the documents and knows where they should be filed, or at the very least can help you find out what you need to know, in order to file them.” (Ref – PTSDUK - 2016)

If you need help with PTSD, there are several really effective treatments such as counselling including CBT and also EMDR.


For more comprehensive information on PTSD, please visit PTSDUK.