Post-traumatic stress disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an injury that can follow exposure to one or more severe, traumatic events. It can change the way you see yourself, your life and the world. We provide comprehensive, holistic care to help you recover.
We often hear that PTSD feels like you are existing rather than living, and that no one understands, which can be a lonely experience.
PTSD is treatable and our programs may help you learn to calm the body and mind, and get back to living a life that has a sense of meaning and purpose.
What is PTSD?
If you have been diagnosed with or think you may have PTSD, you may experience:
- a heightened sense of fear, panic, horror or anger
- a sense that your body is on alert, even during normal activities
- poor sleep
- poor concentration and memory
- unwanted recollections of what happened, both during waking hours and in the form of nightmares.
You may begin to isolate yourself by withdrawing from your support and social networks, enjoyable activities and work life. You may also have a sense of foreboding or threat, and have trouble making decisions.
About our services for PTSD
We provide a range of services that take a holistic and evidence-based approach to PTSD treatment. We:
- provide a personal health care plan based on individual health needs and challenges
- treat mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs
- link you to other support services, both inside and outside the hospital to encourage long term health
- welcome families and support networks as part of the overall treatment and recovery
- address other conditions such as depression and substance use disorders.
How can I access the service?
Your general practitioner can refer you to our services and we will assist you to find a consultant psychiatrist who will oversee your care. The psychiatrist and a multidisciplinary treatment team will liaise with you to identify a treatment pathway to best meet your needs.