Most people will experience some form of trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a pet or loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, sexual assault, a natural disaster, or a pandemic like the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Some people may even experience complex trauma during which the individual endures multiple traumatic events over a long period of time.
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, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed.
In these circumstances, the support, guidance and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from the 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 psychotherapy to be the most effective form of treatment for trauma. Cognitive behavioral therapy is often utilized in the treatment of trauma. If you or someone you know match the trauma symptoms listed above, reach out today so we can schedule an appointment and work towards healing.