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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

We often associate PTSD with the military, and veterans of war, but in reality PTSD can be caused by any traumatic life event or highly stressful experience.  It has been found that even cyberbullying could cause PTSD. Athletes operate in high pressure environments regularly, including traumatic injury, and could suffer from this condition.

Symptoms of PTSD can include:

  • Vivid flashbacks from the traumatic incident

  • Nightmares

  • Intrusive thoughts

  • Physical sensations like pain, nausea, shaking

  • Avoidance of things/places which can remind of the trauma

  • Feeling on edge, or being hyper vigilant

  • Anger or irritability

  • Attempts to stay distracted

  • Reckless and risky behaviour

  • Guilt, anger or shame

  • Mistrustfulness 

Do you think you have, or know someone who has PTSD? Click the buttons below for further information around support.

Please note, this information is not intended to encourage people to self-diagnose. Please seek help from a medical professional if you feel that you need support with your mental health.

If you need urgent mental health support please contact Samaritans on 116 123. If your life is in danger, call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. There is no shame in asking for help.