- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (‘PTSD’)
In most cases, symptoms of PTSD develop during the first few weeks after the traumatic event; however, in some cases, there may be a delay of months or even years before the symptoms appear (or are recognised).
The symptoms of PTSD can vary widely from person to person but typically include repeated (involuntary) reliving of the traumatic event through intrusive memories (more commonly known as “flashbacks”), nightmares, avoidance (typically of the area / situations which remind you of the event), feeling ‘on edge’, irritability, difficulty concentrating and feeling emotionally ‘numb’. Other symptoms of PTSD can include, pain, sweating, feeling sick, dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations, shaking and fatigue (typically due to sleep disruption). This is not intended to be an exhaustive list.
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- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (‘GAD’)
GAD is a relatively common condition (estimated to affect up to 5% of the UK population) that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event.
As with most psychological conditions, the symptoms and degree of GAD varies widely from person to person. Typical symptoms include feeling worried most of the time, unable to relax, sleeping, difficulty concentrating, feeling dizzy and / or sick, having heart palpitations and fatigue. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list.
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- Mood (or depressive) Disorder
This is an ‘umbrella’ term for a number of different conditions. Typically, where you have a mood disorder (or ‘depression’), your general emotional state or mood is affected and can interfere with your ability to function (eg, at work, home, or socially). Often people will experience mood swings, where they will have periods of feeling very sad and low (depressed) and other times will feel excessively happy. Many people will also have symptoms of anxiety and there can be physical symptoms too. Whilst symptoms vary from person to person they may include feeling constantly tired (and suffering sleep disruption), loss of (or little) appetite, motivation and suffering aches and pains.
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- Somatic Symptom Disorder (‘SSD’)
SSD is characterised by a focus on physical symptoms, such as pain or fatigue, with no obvious physical cause for the symptoms. It is often referred to as a psychosomatic condition (ie, the symptoms are “all in the mind” condition (ie, the symptoms are “all in the mind” or “medically unexplainable”); however, for the sufferer, they are very real.
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