Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by a very stressful, frightening, catastrophic or distressing traumatic event or events over a prolonged period. The person with PTSD feels ‘on edge’, re-experiencing or re-living through the event in the form of nightmares or flashbacks. It has been shown that PTSD can develop either immediately after the traumatic event or weeks, months and years later.

Facts about PTSD


1 in every 3 people have experienced a traumatic event. A significant amount of these individuals do not seek psychological support.


Around 4% of UK adults experience Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 



4 in 100 people are diagnosed with PTSD in any given week in England


PTSD can be very hard and a complex issue to treat. However, medication and talking therapies like trauma focused therapy can be quite effective when recommended and carried out by experienced mental health professionals.  


There are many successful treatments for PTSD even when it has developed for several years following a traumatic event. When selecting treatment it is important to assess the severity of symptoms and how soon they have occured after the traumatic event. Any of the following treatment options may be recommended:

Physical treatments:  

  • Antidepressant or Anxiolytic (Anxiety)
  • Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) – TMS treatment

Psychological therapies:

  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) Attentive Symptom Monitoring:

Attentive Symptom Monitoring:  

  • Monitoring your symptoms to see whether they resolve following a traumatic event
PTSD is a difficult and often mistaken condition, however with the right support you can successfully overcome the feelings associated with your traumatic event. We also offer depression therapy online, if necessary. 

Oaktree Assessment Tool

iphoneOur Oaktree assessment tool (OAT) can help you decide whether to seek diagnosis and medical treatment from a Psychiatrist online, to seek talking therapy, or if self-help may suffice. It is not a diagnostic test.

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