Post Traumatic Stress Disorder arises in a variety of situations. It is clinically defined as follows:
“The person has experienced, witnessed, or been confronted with an event or events that involve actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of oneself or others.”
“The person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness and horror.”
This will include being involved in or witnessing an accident, being invloved in a natural disaster, physical or sexual violence.
The symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance of the scene of the incident(s), responding inappropriately to an event entirely unconnected to the scene or incident.
Phobia covers a wide variety of symptoms, from outright fear of spiders, heights, lifts, underground places, flying, or of vomiting (emetophobia) to less well-defined social phobia – you don’t like being in large groups, to ask a store assistant for help, or even to place an order in a restaurant. There are many variations!
Both of these afflictions can be alleviated by using, among other strategies, a technique involving deep relaxation called Rewind Technique.
I would expect you to experience some reduction of your symptoms within 2-4 sessions, though further sessions may be indicated.