NHS Lothian

Trauma: When to seek professional support

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Recovering from the impact of trauma takes time. Everybody heals at their own pace and in their own way. But if months have passed since the events and your trauma reaction is getting in the way of your everyday life, you may need to get professional help.


Ask your GP about getting some professional support if you’re:


  • Struggling to function at home or work
  • Suffering from severe fear, anxiety, or depression
  • Finding it hard to form or maintain close, satisfying relationships
  • Experiencing terrifying memories, nightmares, or flashbacks
  • Avoiding more and more things that remind you of the trauma
  • Feeling emotionally numb and disconnected from other people
  • Using alcohol or drugs to feel better


 improving low mood, loss and bereavement, better sleep, drugs and alcohol

Urgent Help


If you, or someone you know, is in crisis and in imminent danger of causing harm to themselves or others, call 999 immediately

Help within 24 hours