Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition that occurs for some individuals following a traumatic event. It first came to prominence following World War One. In this section you will find guidelines on reporting on PTSD, myths and facts, as well as a definition about the condition.

Advice for reporting on PTSD

PTSD

PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition which is caused by frightening or distressing events such as serious accidents, abuse, assault, military combat, or witnessing violent death. It can occur at any age, including childhood. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance of people or situations, irritability or anger, depression, and guilt.

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PTSD Quick Reference Guide

PTSD

PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition which is caused by frightening or distressing events such as serious accidents, abuse, assault, military combat, or witnessing violent death. It can occur at any age, including childhood. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance of people or situations, irritability or anger, depression, and guilt.

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Audiences can react to your content in unpredictable, and sometimes harmful ways. Journalists and producers are advised to provide details of helplines alongside any potentially harmful or triggering content. For audiences needing help dealing with issues around Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder you can direct them to:

The Samaritans
116 123
(available 24/7)

The Samaritans
116 123
(available 24/7)

About Headline

Headline is Ireland’s national programme for responsible reporting, and representation of mental illness and suicide. Our objective is to work as collaboratively as possible with Irish media professionals across print, broadcast, and online platforms to reduce the effects of suicide contagion, and the stigma attached to mental ill health.

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