When we think about PTSD ( Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) we tend to think about front line soldiers or military personnel and the trauma they have experienced in wartime.
However, PTSD can effect any of us if we suffer or experience an abnormal situation that causes severe distress or shock.
Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability or guilt. They may have problems sleeping or find concentrating difficult.
Sometimes they feel angry or constantly alert, as if expecting something to happen.
People are sometimes able to recover from acute stress of this nature by using their own coping skills and with support from family and friends. However if a month or so has passed since the event, and significant distress is still being felt, this may signify PTSD, which without help, can become both chronic and disabling.