Trauma / PTSD / Abuse

Trauma is unfortunately all too common in our world. For some, it is easy to identify, such as, sexual abuse, domestic violence or military experiences overseas. Many types of trauma are minimized in our world, however, can affect people equally; they should not be taken lightly. Trauma is defined as an event or events that was or is personally deeply distressing or disturbing. Some examples include bullying, verbal abuse, community violence, trauma that a child or loved one endured, complex grief, a car accident.

I believe trauma is experienced on a spectrum from mild to severe and each person experiences it a little differently. There should be no shame for feeling traumatized as it is your body’s reaction to survive difficult incidents. If there is shame, this is common to experience as the world can view it as weak. This is not true and something that can be relieved.

Different symptoms of PTSD or trauma include:

·         Flashbacks

·         Intrusive thoughts recalling the trauma

·         Nightmares

·     Depression and hopelessness

·     Irritability or angry outbursts

·         Efforts to avoid feelings and thoughts that either remind you of the traumatic event or that trigger similar feelings

·         Feeling detached or unable to connect with loved ones

·         Feelings of guilt (from the false belief that you were responsible for the traumatic incident)

·         Hypervigilance (being overly aware of possible danger)

If you are suffering from all or some of these symptoms, please seek help as this does not have to control your life anymore. Typically, I recommend (CBT) or (EMDR) for treatment to alleviate symptoms and to gain control of your life again. Through treatment, you won’t forget the trauma, but it will become less distressing and the symptoms will subside.