Psychological trauma can be caused by a variety of shocking unexpected events such as abuse, loss of a loved one, bullying, accidents, witnessing of crimes and terror related attacks. People with trauma experience a mix of pain, fear, and grief. It affects the daily functioning of an individual and can lead to various psychological issues such as depression. Trauma can persist years after a traumatic incident or resurface later on in life when the individual experiences a similar event.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety related psychological disorder that may develop after a traumatic incident. Symptoms of PTSD include re-experiencing traumatic events (flashbacks, dreams etc.), avoidance of triggers, anxiety symptoms (fear, irritability, easily startled, difficulty sleeping), feeling of hopelessness and substance abuse.
It is important to note that you are not helpless, Trauma and PTSD can be managed with therapy (sometimes in conjunction with medication). A therapist can help you work through the emotions you feel about a traumatic event and teach you coping strategies that you can implement so that you can function excellently in person.
Making the decision to face your issues is not a simple task, and a therapist can provide ways to help you ease into the process of recovery. Message our providers to find out how they can help you heal.