Posted September 19, 2018 17:10:08 I was visiting my parents in Brisbane when my cat died.
It was August and the sun was setting over the Great Barrier Reef.
As I sat at the kitchen table I could hear her cries for me to go.
When I did, I could see that she had taken a small, round object and placed it on her face.
I was completely shocked and felt the pain.
I remember thinking, ‘She must have just been trying to protect me, but I couldn’t stop her.’
My parents, who have a history of depression, said it was just like a dream.
I couldn´t understand what was happening, and I didn´t know what to do.
I thought, ‘What the hell is happening to me?’
After three months of trying to explain to my parents that I had PTSD, I was diagnosed with a severe form of PTSD.
I realised I was not normal.
It wasn’t until I visited a therapist who worked with clients with post traumatic stress disorder, that I was able to realise that my traumatic experiences had affected my entire personality.
I have since been a dedicated counsellor for PTSD sufferers, and am now a counselling teacher and founder of the group Psychotherapy for All.
While my experiences have affected me physically and mentally, I have also had a life-changing impact on my mental health.
I now feel more confident in my ability to function, and find peace in my work.
The impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on mental health is so great, it is estimated that every day, 1.6 million people are living with PTSD.
There is so much stigma around the condition and the stigma around mental health disorders can be quite debilitating.
In 2017, more than 1.7 million people in Australia were diagnosed with PTSD, according to the National Mental Health Commission.
When people are diagnosed with mental health issues, they often struggle to access the help they need.
This can make it hard for people to feel comfortable about seeking help.
Mental health disorders are a huge issue that affects so many Australians.
We need to do better in terms of awareness and understanding, and the way we treat people with mental illnesses.
Read more about PTSD: PTSD: A new diagnosis, how do you cope with it?
Mental health counsellors often see a patient who is suffering from depression and anxiety.
But it is important to recognise that this is a common disorder.
In a study published in The Journal of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, psychologist Dr Paula Bowers found that people with depression were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with post-trauma depression.
This is because the depression is an internal state that often affects the patient.
Depression is a mental illness and therefore it affects the person’s thoughts and feelings.
Dr Bowers believes that it is often a combination of two problems, one that can be diagnosed and one that cannot.
In the study, Dr Biers and her colleagues found that patients who were depressed and anxious were significantly less likely to seek treatment than those who were not depressed and were not anxious.
There were also significant differences between those who experienced depressive symptoms and those who did not.
This may explain why depression is so common in post-war Australia.
Dr Paulas study also found that those who reported a history, or even current, of PTSD were more likely than others to have experienced traumatic events in their life.
This includes being sexually assaulted, being assaulted, and experiencing bullying.
The researchers said that PTSD sufferer’s stress was a major risk factor for suicide.
So, what are the signs of PTSD?
Symptoms of PTSD include: • Post-traumatic symptoms, including flashbacks, nightmares and nightmares about the event that triggered the PTSD • Difficulty concentrating, concentrating on details or making decisions • Problems with memory and thinking skills • Loss of pleasure in life • Loss in social skills and social relationships • Loss appetite • Loss interest in hobbies and activities • Decreased appetite and sleep • Difficulty sleeping • Difficulty breathing • Problems sleeping • Anxiety about and/or avoidance of situations that trigger the symptoms • Tense emotional states, such as flashbacks, fears, and phobias • Feeling hopeless, depressed or anxious about the future • Changes in your personality, such of anger, rage, irritability, anger-prone behaviour or irritability-prone thinking • Change in your social and relationship relationships • Decrease in your interest in activities or activities in general • Change to sleep patterns, including insomnia • Loss or disruption of your normal routines or activities • Changes to how you talk to others • Loss and disruption of communication skills • Sleep disturbances such as trouble falling asleep or falling asleep too quickly • Lossful sexual activity, such for example, having sex or sexual intercourse without condom • Decreases in appetite and decreased sleep • Loss to anxiety and/ or depression symptoms • Increased desire to seek help, such when you are unable to get help • Lack of social and emotional connection with others • Impulsive behaviour, such overreacting to