Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) | Practitioner Resource

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Posted: 07 March 2019

This resource has been completed by Mind and explains what post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD are, and provides information on how you can access treatment and support. Includes self-care tips and guidance for friends and family.


  • What is PTSD?
  • When is it diagnosed?
  • Are there different types of PTSD?
  • Experiences of facing stigma
  • What are the symptoms?
  • Common symptoms of PTSD
  • What are flashbacks?
  • Other impacts of PTSD
  • PTSD and other mental health problems
  • What causes PTSD?
  •  Are some people more at risk of PTSD?
  • What is complex PTSD?
  • What causes complex PTSD?
  • What treatments are there?
  • How can I help myself?
  • Get to know your triggers
  • Confide in someone
  • Give yourself time
  • Try peer support
  • Find specialist support
  • Look after your physical health
  • What treatments are available?
  • Talking treatments for PTSD
  • Medication for PTSD
  • Other treatment options
  • Accessing treatment
  • How can friends and family help?
  • Listen to them
  • Try not to judge
  • Learn their triggers
  • Respect their personal space
  • Look out for warning signs
  • Help them to find support
  • Look after your own mental health
  • Useful contacts
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