The term ‘post traumatic stress disorder’ is a new one for many people, but it is not entirely new.
Dr. Matthew Bisset, a psychologist at the University of Auckland, explains why the term ‘psychologist’ has become a popular way to describe the condition.
“There’s a lot of people who are suffering with PTSD, and it’s often not that they’re depressed or that they are anxious, it’s just that they can’t do anything, and the only thing that they really want to do is go on living, to go on playing sports or to go to school,” he said.
That’s why Bissett believes that the term should be taken more seriously.
He said people suffering from PTSD should be assessed for symptoms of the condition, and if they meet criteria for PTSD, it should be referred to a psychiatrist.
But Dr. David McWilliams, a psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry and Psychology, says that when it comes to the diagnosis, it is more often than not inaccurate.
McWilliams said the most common symptoms of PTSD were: flashbacks, isolation, loss of friends and family, loss or perceived loss of control over your life, and feelings of worthlessness and guilt.
If someone is diagnosed with PTSD they will likely have other symptoms, including anxiety and depression.
However, Dr McWilliams said some people with PTSD have also been known to develop mental health issues and take other medication.
In an effort to reduce the stigma of PTSD, a new ABC/WGBH special ‘Post Traumatic Anxiety’ has aired on Monday night.
It covers the experience of Post Traumatised Veterans (PVT) in Australia.
The program will also look at the treatment options available for PTSD and how to best help those who are experiencing it.
Watch the ABC/wgbh Special on PTSD: https://www.abc.net.au/shows/post-traumatic-australia/the-experience-of-post-traumatised-vets-on-a-special/showinfo/c9b0f8c2-a1a4-11e2-b2b1-1cd9d0a3f8f7/view AAP: Post Trauma Awareness Day: ABC News | ABC News Online | ABC Radio Australia | ABC Arts