It’s normal to feel upset and confused after a traumatic event, but most people naturally improve after a few weeks.
If you’re still experiencing problems after 4 weeks, or if you’re having extreme or worrying symptoms, it’s recommended to speak to your GP. If you have mild symptoms and see your doctor within 1 month of the trauma, they may ask you to wait another month to see how things go.
If necessary, your GP will refer you to a mental health specialist for further assessment and treatment. You may see a psychologist, psychiatrist or community psychiatric nurse. They will help to decide which treatment is best suited to you.