Trauma, Trauma, Trauma! Many of us are familiar with the word and have experienced our own trauma along with heartache, pain and despair. However, some of us are not so familiar and do not realized that we have suffered from a traumatic event. When we experience trauma, our entire world changes almost instantly and many trauma survivors have a hard time feeling safe and secure. Incidents of trauma are unpredictable, uncontrollable and include the following:
- A physically or emotionally abusive relationship
- Childhood abuse and/or neglect
- A physical accident
- Rape and Sexual Abuse
- The sudden loss of a loved one
- Domestic violence
- Natural disasters
- Severe illness
- Witnessing an act of violence
Any traumatic event that overpowers us with feelings of helplessness and leaves us psychologically devastated, can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Symptoms of PTSD include anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, nightmares, flashbacks and other behavioral changes that are frightening. Many people who experience traumatic events have difficulty with adapting and coping temporary, but with time and good self-care, they usually improve. If these symptoms become worse, last for months or years, and interfere with your daily functioning, you may be suffering from PTSD and should consider participating in therapy.
The idea of therapy can feel scary and overwhelming to people with PTSD, mainly because they need to have a sense of total control to feel safe. But therapy is really something that can empower an individual suffering with the condition. With the help of a caring and qualified mental health professional, you can process the traumatic experience and strip it of the power it may have in your life. Through specific mental health tools and strategies, you can retrain your brain to let go of the fear and to begin your journey toward healing.
If you or a loved one are living with symptoms of PTSD, life does not have to continue to be scary or overwhelming. There are strategies that can help you process your pain so that you may continue to live a peaceful life. To learn more about trauma and PTSD, check out the books below.