Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

If you experience or witness a traumatic event, in which you thought yourself or others might be seriously harmed or die and you felt intense fear, helplessness or horror then you may develop posttraumatic stress disorder. One such traumatic event may be childbirth.

Signs and symptoms

If you have experienced or witnessed a traumatic birth you will normally need some help to get over it. Try talking about it with:

  • Your doctor, midwife or health visitor
  • Someone in your family
  • A friend or partner

If this doesn’t help and you feel no better after a month you may need expert help, especially if:

  • You often ‘re-live’ the birth
  • You avoid talking or thinking about the birth
  • You often feel on edge or irritable

Treatment options

If you feel like this it is advisable to see your doctor who may be able to help you or refer you to someone who can. Medication and/or talking treatments may be able to help.

How can I assist?

In the first instance you might want to ask me a question via email – I can offer general advice and guidance, or I can give you personalised advice, treatment and support on the telephone.

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