Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects over 350million people globally. It is the most common Anxiety Disorder.
Psychological stress following a traumatic event is normal. In many cases however, psychological reactions can be long-lasting.
Symptoms of PTSD may occur in the months or years following exposure to a traumatic event and can arise when you, or a loved one’s safety is put in danger.
Whilst responses to a trauma are diverse, and vary widely from person-to-person, the symptoms of PTSD fall into 4 main categories:
Re-living the event – this can occur through nightmares, unwanted thoughts and vivid memories.
Avoidance – an individual may try to avoid people, places, thoughts or reminders of an event.
Being wound up – this includes difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating, being startled easily and be prone to outbursts of anger.
Negative thoughts – one may feel emotionally numb and even unfairly blame themselves for aspects of the event.
ln Australia, approximately 1.4 million people at any given time have PTSD. Many people with PTSD recover in the first 12 months of seeking help, however, even with the best treatments, approximately 40% of individuals will continue to suffer for many years.
PTSD is associated with numerous mental and physical health conditions, making this disorder costly, both personally and economically.
One-in-five veterans and first responders suffer from PTSD. Service-related PTSD is notoriously difficult to treat and just 1/3 of those who receive treatment recover. At VR CORP, we aim to deliver effective, scientific solutions to minimise the impact of this disorder, because we believe that no-one should have to suffer as a consequence of their bravery.