PTSD Explained, Ten Years After 7/7

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder which affects a minority of people who are exposed to traumatic events such as 7/7. Whilst large scale terrorist incidents are thankfully rare, around 2/3 of people will experience one such an event throughout their lifetime. Of course people working in trauma-exposed roles (e.g. the emergency services, military, train drivers, journalists etc) are likely to have to deal with traumatic events repeatedly throughout the course of their careers. It’s worth pointing out that the majority of people exposed to traumatic events experience some short-term distress which resolves without the need for professional intervention although unfortunately the small proportion who do develop the disorder are unlikely to seek help. Instead most battle on despite their symptoms and their quality of life is likely to be substantially reduced; evidence suggests that around 70% of people who suffer with PTSD in the UK do not receive any professional help at all. The disorder also impacts upon loved ones, work colleagues and more widely too. People who suffer with mental health problems, including but not limited to PTSD, are likely to perform poorly at work which for people in safety critical roles (e.g. train drivers) can lead to disastrous consequences for large number of people.

Read more in Huffington Post.


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