If you have recently experienced or witnessed a BURGLARY, RAPE, PHYSICAL ASSAULT, HIJACKING, ACCIDENT or any traumatic event, it is important to seek psychological assistance.Traumatic experiences shake the foundations of our beliefs about safety, and shatter our assumptions of trust. Each person handles a traumatic experience differently: some may respond immediately, others much later with symptoms such as severe anxiety, depression or numbness. Symptoms of flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, and hyper-arousal that still exist several weeks after a traumatic event may indicate a person is suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and it is important that treatment is sought.
Research shows that help should be obtained within 24-72 hours after the traumatic event in order to successfully process the negative feelings. When traumatic experiences are not dealt with effectively they can sometimes manifest in unhealthy ways later for example in the form of irrational feelings of anger or depression. Counselling is very effective and depending on the severity of the trauma fairly quickly resolved.