Unfortunately, some 5% of all people develop serious problems as a result of their having experienced a distressing event. They may persistently withdraw into themselves, show evasive behaviour or, instead, become restless, irritable or aggressive. But there may also be substance abuse and/or disability to work.
Seeking timely and professional help is not just advice offered to the person who has experienced the event but is certainly also the strong advice given to the partner or other close family members/relatives. Go to ‘Help and Counselling’ on this website to find more information on how best to get specific professional help.