Awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is improving in the UK but one of the country’s top psychologists argues those suffering from PTSD are still not receiving the treatment they need.
It is estimated that more than 700,000 people in the UK suffer from PTSD and whilst the documentation of soldiers suffering from PTSD in the media and the efforts of charities such as Combat Stress have gone a long way to raising awareness of the condition, a leading psychologist is arguing that much more needs to be done to support and treat sufferers.
Dr Jennifer Wild is a psychologist at Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London. She argues that part of the problem starts with the fact that less than half of sufferers seek help, stating many are either too ashamed of their condition to talk to anyone or simply do not recognise the symptoms as being associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. In many cases those suffering with PTSD will wait many years before seeking help, be it from a relative or medical professional.
Dr Wild went on to argue that the problem is exacerbated by the face many GPs lack the necessary knowledge of the condition to identify cases of PTSD and offer effective treatment to the sufferers. Dr Wild expresses a great deal of concern saying, “surveys show that many GPs are not very familiar with PTSD or the best way to treat it”.
Symptoms of PTSD:
Due to the nature of the condition Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be very difficult to diagnose. Many of the symptoms associated with PTSD can also be associated with a variety of other medical conditions and this can lead to symptoms being misdiagnosed and, as a result, mistreated. In particular many of the symptoms suffered by individuals with PTSD are also common in individuals suffering from depression. This leads many GPs to wrongly prescribe anti-depressants which are unfortunately far less effective at treating PTSD compared with cognitive-behavioral therapies carried out through counseling.
Dr Wild said: “When GPs hear their patients talking about sleep problems or feeling low, they should also ask if the patient has been through a traumatic event. Then they need to ask about the classic symptoms of PTSD”.
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include, but are not limited to:
- Anxiety attacks
- Reliving the event in flashbacks and night terrors
- Insomnia (being unable to sleep)
- Feeling irritable
- Feelings of isolation
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