When trauma happens the body and the psyche have certain responses that come into play to protect you. Over time these normal responses subside and you can return to daily work and routine.
However in about 10% of cases people cannot return to their normal daily routine. Various symptoms that emerged at the time of trauma are still happening.
These people may need external professional psychological support. Everyone is different and the support you need to get over an incident varies.
Post -Traumatic Stress
The helping professions are experiencing increasing problems with stress, leading to increased time off sick escalating work tension and employee dissatisfaction. One such problem is Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). PTS can directly affect some professionals who experience trauma in their daily working lives. This has been recognised for a long time and many services like the Fire Brigade, Police, Ambulance drivers, Armed force members, have access to psychological support to address these issues. For other professionals the concern is secondary PTS sometimes known as STS. This quick guide is to help raise awareness in your organisation. If you think someone in your team needs support with these issues please contact WPP for further information?
What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
The term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) describes a range of psychological symptoms people may experience following a traumatic event or series of events, which is outside the normal human experience. The World Health Organisation has defined it as: ‘A delayed or protracted response to a stressful event or situation (either short or long-lasting) of an exceptionally threatening or long-lasting nature, which is likely to cause pervasive distress in almost anyone.’ The research now demonstrates chronic long-term situations like those associated with childhood abuse or domestic violence can also lead to PTSD.
The Symptoms and Characteristics of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
1. Recurrent and persistent recollections of the traumatic event.
2. Recurrent dreams of the event.
3. Acting or feeling as if the traumatic event is happening all over again.
4. Intense distress related to internal or external events that remind one of the traumatic occurrences.
5. Efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma.
6. Efforts to avoid activities, places, or people that might be associated with the trauma.
7. An inability to remember important aspects of the traumatic event.
8. Decreased interest or participation in certain activities.
9. Feelings of detachment or estrangement from others.
10. The inability to have certain feelings.
11. A sense that time is short, and there is no future.
12. Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep.
13. Irritability or angry outbursts.
14. Difficulty concentrating.