Post-traumatic stress disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur any time after a person has experienced a traumatic event, such as an assault, or serious accident.
The symptoms last for at least a month and include difficulty in relaxing, bad dreams or flashbacks of the incident, and the avoidance of anything related to the event.
If you think you or someone you know might have PTSD, it’s important to get help. Talk to your GP or health professional.
To find out more about PTSD, visit the websites below.
The Ministry has funded free access to this British Medical Journal website for people browsing the web from New Zealand.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation provides free information and training, and advocates for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness.
Better Health Channel
The Victoria (Australia) state government provides online consumer-focused health and medical information.
Trauma and Birth Stress
An information site on PTSD caused by childbirth.