Other conditions related to PTSD
People with PTSD may also experience other mental health issues. They may have developed directly in response to the traumatic event or have followed the PTSD. They can include:
Effective treatments for PTSD
Immediately after the traumatic event
Many people experience some of the symptoms of PTSD in the first couple of weeks after a traumatic event, but most recover on their own or with support from family and friends.
Support from family and friends is very important for most people. They can help you by reducing other stresses in your life to allow you to focus on your recovery.
If you feel very distressed in the first 2 weeks after a traumatic event, you should talk to a doctor or other health professional.
More than 2 weeks after the traumatic event
If your PTSD symptoms last more than two weeks, a mental health professional may recommend starting treatment for PTSD.
Research shows that the most effective treatments for PTSD are:
- eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
- cognitive behaviour therapy
- behaviour therapy (including exposure therapy)
- online therapy (also known as e-therapies or computer-aided psychological therapy)
- antidepressant medication – for severe PTSD and usually only after 4 weeks or more.
Learn more about Treatments for anxiety.
Should I get support?
If you feel very distressed at any time after a traumatic event, talking to your doctor or other health professional is a good first step.
It’s important to get support early. If PTSD isn’t treated it can lead to other mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Not sure where to start? We can help you find the support you need at Get mental health support.