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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Do I experience PTSD?

    I have panic attacks after cutting off an abusive partner. Symptoms like numbness, tingling, waking up suddenly at night without being able to breath, nightmares of the ex trying to harm you, chest tightness.
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  • I have been working in Eltham, Melbourne as a relationship and family counsellor for over twelve years. I draw on current theory and research about … View Profile

    It certainly sounds like you are experiencing post-traumatic effects after the ordeal you have been through. It may be important that you seek help to make sense of your reactions. A good place to start may be your GP. They can get more information from you, and work out with you if you are suffering from PTSD. In any event, they can point you in the right direction to get the support you need. It sounds like you have been very courageous in ending an abusive relationship, but now you may be able to process feelings about what you have been through. It's also possible that you are feeling panicky because you are concerned about if your ex is still able to hurt you. If that is the case, you may benefit from talking this through with a professional and working out whether this is just about dealing with the after-shocks of a bad experience, or whether you need to take further action to protect yourself.

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