Marriage Can Last

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LINDA’S STORY

Linda was walking home from work one evening when she was mugged by a group of men. It was a violent attack and she was hurt quite badly – during the attack she was terrified and was convinced that she would be killed. Linda didn’t feel safe after the attack. She found it hard to sleep and would have nightmares about the attack. She would also often be reminded of the worst moments during the day. When she had a memory of the attack she would feel the same sensations of fear and pain she did at the time. Linda went back to work, but she felt scared to go out alone, and panicky around groups of men. She felt that her friends didn’t understand how she was feeling, and would get irritable about things that never used to bother her. She felt that she ‘shoud be over it’, and often thought to herself that she was weak and pathetic.

What is trauma?

Many of us will experience trauma at some point in our lives – an experience which is overwhelming, threatening, scary, or out of our control. Common traumas include:

  • Being in an accident, such as a road traffic accident
  • Being the victim of violence, such as being physically or sexually assaulted, imprisoned or tortured
  • Being in a life-threatening situation, such as a war, a natural disaster, or a health emergency
  • Witnessing violence towards another person, or witnessing death

Some traumas are isolated ‘one off’ events which are unexpected and happen out of the blue, other traumas might be expected and anticipated. Some people’s jobs make them more likely to experience or witness trauma, such as military or emergency service personnel. Children can experience trauma too, sometimes from the events above, or sometimes at the hands of people who are supposed to be their caregivers. Events which are more likely to lead to PTSD are those which are: experienced as more severe, are interpersonal or deliberate, are unescapable, or are repeated. Trauma that happens earlier in life often leads to more complex outcomes.

What is PSTD?

It is common to be affected by traumatic experiences. Victims of trauma might feel shocked, scared, guily, ashamed, angry, or vulnerable. With time most people get over their experiences without needing professional help. However in a significant proportion of people the effects of trauma can last for much longer. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

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