When something traumatic happens it’s understandable to experience feelings such as numbness or having trouble sleeping. This is sometimes described as an ‘acute stress reaction’. These symptoms usually disappear within a few weeks. If they persist, you might be given a diagnosis of PTSD.

Dr Chi-Chi Obuaya MB BS BSc MRCPsych MBA

Dr Chi-Chi Obuaya MB BS BSc MRCPsych MBA

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Someone suffering from PTSD often relives the traumatic event through flashbacks, nightmares and may feel isolated. It is also not uncommon to feel irritable and guilty and to find concentrating difficult. With PTSD these symptoms can be severe enough to have a significant impact daily life.

What causes PTSD?

  • Road accidents
  • Violent personal assaults
  • Severe neglect
  • Witnessing violent deaths
  • Being held hostage
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Prolonged sexual abuse or violence
  • Natural disasters, such as earthquakes

Diagnosis and treatment of PTSD

Our specialists can assess whether you are suffering from PTSD via structured interviews and psychiatric assessment. You may need medication to relieve the distress and emotional numbness caused by the traumatic memories. If you are recommended talking therapy such as Cognitive behavioural therapy medication may help you to participate in sessions.

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