A life threatening event can leave a profound impact on our psychological functioning.
In the early stages after a trauma, we can experience a host of symptoms as we try to cope with the event.
In most people, the symptoms of trauma will fade without any intervention, as we make sense of what happened and we return to the normal routine of our lives.
For approximately 6% of the population, the symptoms do not reside and they go on to experience ongoing symptoms such as intrusive thoughts about the trauma, avoiding reminders about the trauma, negative mood, irritability and feeling jumpy or on guard. These symptoms may be diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Symptoms associated with trauma that are not subsiding or are causing significant distress can benefit from psychological intervention.