Most people are likely to experience traumatic events in their lifetime, and most individuals recover well, given time and adequate social support.
For some individuals, however, the experience of a traumatic event or ongoing exposure to trauma can result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PTSD refers to a set of symptoms that can emerge some time after exposure to a potentially traumatic event involving actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence
There are several effective psychological treatments for PTSD. These treatments have been shown through research to help reduce the symptoms of PTSD and to help people recover.
They include cognitive therapy for PTSD (CT-PTSD), prolonged exposure (PE), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), and psycho-social interventions.