By John StumpfKey points:Some psychologists say you need to start with a low stress level to manage symptomsPsychological stress can trigger symptoms like anxiety and depression that are common among people with PTSD.
It can also interfere with your work and life, leading to anxiety and poor mental health.
“It’s important to understand how to manage psychological stress as part of managing symptoms, so that you can start to see how it can impact on your life,” says Dr Matthew Henson, a psychologist at the University of Sydney.
He says psychological stress can make you feel guilty or “feel as though you’re not doing your job well”.
Dr Henson says that while some people who have PTSD are able to deal with psychological stress by getting some help or by simply focusing on their health and wellbeing, others find that their symptoms get worse.
“They become more withdrawn, more anxious, less sociable, more withdrawn and feel as though they’re not coping,” Dr Henson said.
Psychological distress is often associated with anxiety and other psychological symptoms, like depression.””
For those who are more severely affected by PTSD, it’s important for them to start to look for help, because this can be very difficult to find.”
Psychological distress is often associated with anxiety and other psychological symptoms, like depression.
“The more psychological stress you have, the more likely you are to experience psychological distress,” Dr Jodi Eder, a clinical psychologist from the University in Canberra, said.
Dr Eder says that if you have symptoms of PTSD, or feel like you have problems with your emotional wellbeing, you should see a doctor.
“You may also want to talk to a mental health professional about how to address your mental health,” she said.
While mental health experts recommend people try to reduce their mental health symptoms to help manage their symptoms, they don’t recommend starting with a specific number of days or weeks to reduce stress.
Dr Hensons work with people who suffer from PTSD, but says it’s not the same for everyone.
“For those with PTSD, that is a very different kind of person than someone who is struggling with depression or anxiety,” he said.
Psychological symptoms are typically experienced as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, confusion, agitation and insomnia.
Some symptoms are also more common in people who live with chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and chronic fatigue.
Psychiatric symptoms may also be more common for people with post-traumatic stress disorder, which can include depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Psychiatrists recommend people with psychological distress see a psychiatrist if they have symptoms.
The National Mental Health Foundation (NMHF) recommends you seek professional help if you or a loved one:Have panic attacks or other panic attacks that can become severeIf you feel you are not getting the help you need, go to a doctorIf you have been diagnosed with PTSD and have experienced symptoms of anxiety, depression or other symptoms of psychological distress, you can seek help.
You can contact the NMHF by emailing [email protected]
If you or someone you know has a psychological or psychiatric problem, you may also find it helpful to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.