Post-traumatic stress disorder

PTSD, P.T.S.D. see also: functional neurological disorder

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD is a mental health condition. Mental health conditions are problems with the way you think and feel. Neurological conditions are problems with your brain, spine, or nervous system. Neurological conditions can sometimes lead to mental health problems.

What causes PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder which you may develop after being involved in, or witnessing, traumatic events. The condition was first recognised in war veterans and has been known by a variety of names, such as ‘shell shock’. But it’s not only diagnosed in soldiers – a wide range of traumatic experiences can cause PTSD.

What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder?

“Symptoms of PTSD include:
“Reliving aspects of what happened. This can include vivid flashbacks
“Alertness or feeling on edge. This can include panicking when reminded of the trauma.
“Avoiding feelings or memories. This can include feeling emotionally numb or cut off from your feelings.”

Source: MIND

Are you affected by Post-traumatic stress disorder?

If you’re affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), The Brain Charity can support you.

We provide practical help on all aspects of living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD from all over the UK from our centre in Liverpool.

Our counselling service runs Monday-Friday and individuals can self-refer by contacting our information team on 0800 008 6417 or emailing: 

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Caring for someone affected by Post-traumatic stress disorder

Make sure you look after yourself as much as you look after them. If you need any assistance, or just need a friendly chat, we have lovely counsellors who can take your call.

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with PTSD? It’s just as important for you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition, including post-traumatic stress disorder, from anywhere in the UK.

We also run an additional carers advocacy service for all carers in Liverpool, regardless of which type of condition the person they care for has.

You don’t need to be a formal or registered carer

We can help you even if you don’t view yourself as a formal carer or claim Carer’s Allowance. Find out some of the ways we support carers below.

Other resources

The Brain Charity's library

The library at the Brain Charity has a range of resources on PTSD and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit the library to read our copy of the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): the treatment of PTSD in adults and children in adults and children

Support groups

Other charities

National PTSD Helpline tel. 01282 787 172

PTSD Resolution: charity for UK Forces veterans
Free helpline 0300 302 0551

Combat Stress: UK veterans' mental health charity
Free 24-hour helpline: 0800 138 1619

Mind: the mental health charity
Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393

Anxiety UK
Tel. 08444 775 774

The Samaritans
Phone free any time on 116 123