Living with… post-traumatic stress disorder

Neal Aplin recounts how he learned to cope with the aftermath of a traumatic event 
Neal Aplin

In the second of our Living with... series, advanced clinical practitioner Neal Aplin recounts how he learned to cope with the aftermath of a traumatic event

I knew for a few years I had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I work as a senior healthcare professional and I recognised the signs.

I have experienced periods where I felt down, low in mood and had flashbacks of images and memories.

Speaking about what happened to me brought it all back. Memories and images flooded my mind. Speaking about it was just too painful. Therefore I didn’t. I kept it in.

I had not developed the skills I needed to cope with traumatic events

When I was 16, I watched my mum die. I held her hand as she slipped


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