Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

 

The majority symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develop during the first month after a traumatic event. However, in a minority of cases, there may be a delay of months or even years before symptoms start to appear. Some people with PTSD experience long periods when their symptoms are less noticeable, followed by periods where they get worse. Other people have constant, severe symptoms. The specific symptoms of PTSD can vary widely between individuals, but generally fall into the categories:

  • Re-experiencing: Re-experiencing is the most typical symptom of PTSD. This is when a person involuntarily and vividly re-lives the traumatic event in the form of; flashbacks, nightmares, repetitive and distressing images or sensations, physical sensations – such as pain, sweating, nausea or trembling.
  • Avoidance and emotional numbing: Trying to avoid being reminded of the traumatic event is another key symptom of PTSD. This usually means avoiding certain people or places that remind you of the trauma, or avoiding talking to anyone about your experience.
  • Hyperarousal: Someone with PTSD may be very anxious and find it difficult to relax. They may be constantly aware of threats and easily startled. This state of mind is known as hyperarousal. Hyperarousal often leads to; irritability, angry outbursts, insomnia or difficulty concentrating.

Reviewed June 2019 by the East Kent Mental Health Commissioning Team. For content suggestions, updates or information please email: EKmentalhealth.commissioning@nhs.net.

The diagnosis and treatment of PTSD is through KMPT, referral is by letter to the local CMHT.

The local Community Mental Health Teams are:

Dover / Deal: Coleman House, Brookfield Avenue, Dover, Kent, CT16 2AH | Telephone: 01304 216666. or more information go to the Dover CMHT website page: Dover CMHT web page on KMPT

Shepway: Ash Eton, Radnor Park Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 5HL. | Tele: 01303 227501. For more information go to the Shepway CMHT website page: Shepway CMHT web page on KMPT

If your patient is a serving or ex serving member of the armed forces or their family they may qualify for additional support. Go to the armed forces information page to find out more:  Referral Support Armed Forces Information Pages

Tier 1: Community Mental Health Support:

  • Live Well Kent: Live Well Kent can help you improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing. It is a free service for anyone over 17. Call: 0800 567 7699 | E Mail: info@livewellkent.org.uk | Website: www.livewellkent.org.uk | Leaflet: SKC Live Well Kent Leaflet
  • IAPT / NHS Talking Therapy: IAPT is available for the treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression. These therapies are available for people aged 17+.  This service is free at the point of access and people can refer themselves into the service. For the South Kent Coast CCG IAPT  leaflet: SKC CCG IAPT Provider Leaflet

Tier 2: Support based in Primary Care

  • IAPT / NHS Talking Therapy: IAPT is available for the treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression. These therapies are available for people aged 17+.  This service is free at the point of access and people can refer themselves into the service. For a list of South Kent Coast CCG IAPT Providers leaflet: SKC CCG IAPT Provider Leaflet.
  • Primary Care Mental Health Specialist service: Primary Care Mental Health Specialist service (PCMHS) has been introduced to support a safe and positive discharge from Secondary services for people with long term stable mental health conditions (clusters 7, 11 and 12) into primary care.
    Invictia Healthcare Referrals: Invicta PCMHS Referral form email to: invictahealth.mentalhealthreferrals@nhs.net
  • The Mental Health Social Work Service: The mental health social work service works with individuals aged 17-65 years with mental health needs and social care issues. It also provides a service to carers. The service supports people to enhance their independence and achieve social care goals. It is a single service across primary and secondary care.Tel: 03000 416161 Mon – Fri 8.30-17.00 | Out of hours - 03000 419191 | Email: mentalhealthreferrals@kent.gov.uk | Leaflet: Mental Health Social Work service | Referral Form: MH Social work referral form

Tier 3: Specialist Mental Health Services

The diagnosis and treatment of PTSD is through KMPT, referral is by letter to the local CMHT. The local Community Mental Health Teams are:

Dover / Deal: Coleman House, Brookfield Avenue, Dover, Kent, CT16 2AH | Telephone: 01304 216666. or more information go to the Dover CMHT website page: Dover CMHT web page on KMPT

Folkestone / Hythe: Ash Eton, Radnor Park Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 5HL. | Telephone: 01303 227501. For more information go to the Shepway CMHT website page: Shepway CMHT web page on KMPT

Thanet: The Beacon Centre, Manston Road, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 6NT | Telephone: 01843 85520. For more information go to the Thanet CMHT website page: Thanet CMHT web page on KMPT.

If your patient is a serving or ex serving member of the armed forces or their family they may qualify for additional support. Go to the armed forces information page to find out more:  Referral Support Armed Forces Information Pages

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