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Name Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Related to
PTSD may sometimes be caused by Brain Injury, Brain Haemorrhage, Subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH), or Stroke.
Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD is a mental health condition.  Mental health conditions are problems with the way you think and feel. Neurological conditions are problems with your brain, spine, or nervous system. Neurological conditions can sometimes lead to mental health problems.

"Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder which you may develop after being involved in, or witnessing, traumatic events. The condition was first recognised in war veterans and has been known by a variety of names, such as 'shell shock'. But it's not only diagnosed in soldiers – a wide range of traumatic experiences can cause PTSD.

"Symptoms of PTSD include:

  • "Reliving aspects of what happended. This can include vivid flashbacks
  • "Alertness or feeling on edge. This can include panicking when reminded of the trauma.
  • "Avoiding feelings or memories. This can include feeling emotionally numb or cut off from your feelings."

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Types
  • PTSD
  • Complex PTSD
Useful national contacts

The Brain Charity can offer counselling for PTSD at our centre in Liverpool.


PTSD UK
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National PTSD Helpline tel. 01282 787 172

PTSD Resolution: charity for UK Forces veterans
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Free helpline 0300 302 0551

Combat Stress: UK veterans' mental health charity
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Free 24-hour helpline:  0800 138 1619

ASSIST Trauma Care
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Helpline 01788 560 800
Find your nearest ASSIST therapist:
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Mind: the mental health charity
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Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Find your local Mind support group:
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Anxiety UK
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Tel. 08444 775 774

The Samaritans
Phone free any time on 116 123

Online resources

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (NHS Choices)
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Emotional effects of brain injury (Headway)
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National Center for PTSD (U.S. Department for Veterans Affairs)
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Post-traumatic stress disorder: Management (NICE: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)
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OCD and PTSD – and the relationship between the two (PTSD UK)
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Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and driving (GOV.UK)
You must tell the DVLA if your post-traumatic stress disorder affects your driving
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News and events

'My dog saved my life' says PTSD sufferer (BBC, May 2018)
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Our resources

Anxiety, Panic and Phobias The library at the Brain Charity has a range of resources on PTSD and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit the library to read our copy of the book Anxiety, Panic and Phobias by Malcolm Lader. Or have a Link opens in new window look in your local library for this book.