Many people will experience trauma in their lifetime. It may be a result of a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, an extreme breach of trust, exposure to the violence, or other distressing life experience.
While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma. This can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress long after the event has passed.
In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma.
According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5
- Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
- Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt
- Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks
- Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
- Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
- Sleep disturbances
Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms
- Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
- Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
- Change in habits or behavior since the trauma
Research has proven therapy to be the most effective form of treatment for trauma. Most commonly, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is used in treating trauma.
If you or someone you know matches the trauma symptoms listed above, I would love to help and invite you to contact me today to schedule an appointment.