Trauma can be defined as a psychological or emotional response to an event or an experience that is deeply distressing or disturbing. When loosely applied, this trauma definition can refer to something upsetting, such as being involved in an accident, having an illness or injury, losing a loved one, or going through a divorce. However, it can also encompass the far more extreme and include experiences that are severely damaging, such as rape or torture.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop after a person has been exposed to a terrifying event or has been through an ordeal in which intense physical harm occurred or was threatened. However, women who have had traumatic births may also suffer PTSD. Sufferers of PTSD have persistent and frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal.
If you feel you are or might be suffering from PTSD for any reason please take the questionnaire here and consult your GP for a diagnosis.