Have you been trying to manage your feelings and experiences on our own? Do you feel your life lacks pleasure due to feeling numb? Do you constantly battle negative thoughts? Disconnecting from your loved ones while experiencing physical and mental distress that you can’t seem to move forward from? You may be struggling to recover from Trauma.
Trauma is damage to the mind that occurs as a result of a distressing event. Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope, or integrate the emotions involved with that experience. Trauma may result from a single distressing experience or recurring events of being overwhelmed that can be precipitated in weeks, years, or even decades as the person struggles to cope with the immediate circumstances, eventually leading to serious, long-term negative consequences.
What are Symptoms of Trauma?
- Intense fear
- Change in sleep
- Change in appetite
- Change in behavior
- Emotional numbing
- Withdrawing from loved ones
- Sexually Assault
- Pandemics such as Covid-19
- Grief, loss of someone or something
- Job Loss
- Abuse (sexually, physically, mentally and/or emotionally)
- Witnessing an accident
- Chronic Stress
- Natural disasters (such as earthquake, flood, tornado)
- Man made disasters (such as bombings)
- Violent person attacks (such as mugging, kidnap or being held captive)
- Shock Trauma
Because trauma differs between individuals, according to their subjective experiences, people will react to similar traumatic events differently. In other words, not all people who experience a potentially traumatic event will actually become psychologically traumatized. However, it is possible for some people to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after being exposed to a major traumatic event. This discrepancy in risk rate can be attributed to protective factors some individuals may have that enable them to cope with trauma; they are related to temperamental and environmental factors from among others.
Signs of Emotional Abuse
If you’re wondering whether it’s happening to you, here are some of the signs:
- Yelling at you
- Spewing insults or otherwise ridiculing you
- Attempting to make you question your own sanity (gaslighting)
- Invading your privacy
- Punishing you for not going along with what they want
- Trying to control your life
- Isolating you from family and friends
- Making subtle or overt threats
- Expectations of you are never met (unrealistic)
- They create chaos
- Humiliate you in public
- Treats you like a possession or property
One in six women and one in 33 men in the U.S. has been raped or been the victim of attempted rape. After being sexually assaulted, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. It is just as important to get help for the emotional impact of sexual assault as it is to receive care for physical wounds. Even if they think they are coping well, survivors of sexual assault often experience self-blame, lowered self-esteem, panic attacks, eating disorders, difficulty sleeping and concentrating, and problems with work and social interactions. The National Women’s Study found that 30% of rape survivors suffer from depression. Rape survivors are also at an increased risk for suicide and drug abuse. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and fear are common among rape survivors. Interestingly, therapies that were designed to help soldiers with PTSD are now being used to help victims of sexual assault. Symptoms Include:
- Intrusive re-experiencing (through memories or reminders) of the assault
- Avoidance of trauma-related stimuli or reminders
- Alterations in thoughts and mood (negative thinking and depressed, anxious, or angry mood)
- Increased arousal and reactivity (anxiety, hypervigilance, irritability, easily star
You might be in denial at first. It can be shocking to find yourself in such a situation. It’s natural to hope you’re wrong. It is common to feel confused, fearful, hopeless and shame.This emotional toll can also result in behavioral and physical side effects. You may experience:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Racing heartbeat
- Various aches and pains
Types of Trauma Disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. The condition may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions. Symptoms may include nightmares or unwanted memories of the trauma, avoidance of situations that bring back memories of the trauma, heightened reactions, anxiety, or depressed mood. Treatment includes different types of trauma-focused psychotherapy as well as medications to manage symptoms.
Acute stress disorder (ASD): is an intense, unpleasant, and dysfunctional reaction beginning shortly after an overwhelming traumatic event and lasting less than a month. If symptoms persist longer than a month, people are diagnosed as having post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Adjustment disorders: is a group of symptoms, such as stress, feeling sad or hopeless, and physical symptoms that can occur after you go through a stressful life event. The symptoms occur because you are having a hard time coping. Your reaction is stronger than expected for the type of event that occurred.
Reactive attachment disorder (RAD): is described in clinical literature as a severe and relatively uncommon disorder that can affect children. RAD is characterized by markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate ways of relating socially in most contexts.
Specific treatment for PTSD will be determined by your individual circumstances:
- Your age, overall health and medical history
- The severity and extent of your disease
- Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- Your expectations for the course of the disease
- Your opinion or preference
PTSD TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR YOU
Treatment for trauma includes cognitive-behavioral therapy which helps process and evaluate thoughts and feelings about a trauma. A number of psychotherapy approaches have been designed with the treatment of trauma , such as EMDR therapy, mindfulness techniques, as well as Cognitive- behavioral Treatment (CPT).
- Help you calm and soothe yourself
- Increase your awareness of, and access to, inner strengths and outside resources
- Process specific memories, through carefully guided talk and/or writing
- Challenge yourself to reconnect and do non-dangerous things you have been avoiding since the traumatic event(s)
- Challenge trauma-based thinking, so that you can restore a healthy mental framework for living
- Make meaning of what happened and how it has affected your deepest self and your family
- Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Increase a personal sense of confidence and competence
- Regain your quality of life, including enhanced relationships with others, greater activity level, and more positive and stable mood
- Reduce, if not eliminate, trauma-reaction symptoms/symptoms of PTSD
Begin Trauma and PTSD therapy near Houston, Clear Lake, Katy and The Woodlands Texas.
Our compassionate therapists, support and assist clients to connect with their authentic self and learn to love, not hate, themselves. Also, behaviors will be evaluated that are not currently working for them. We utilize multiple therapy modalities based on the client’s personality and problem. The therapy modalities are all research-based and are showing success based on the particular problems and the client.
Our greatest desire at Therapy for Families is to help each individual feel comfortable and hopeful about their therapy process. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We also offer a free consultation to help assess how therapy can benefit you and help you to feel peace and happiness again.