Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime, whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, a natural disaster, experience of chronic illness/health conditions or the results of dealing with oppression of some kind.
Many people recover from trauma over time, with the support of family and friends, and bounce back with resiliency, Yet, other people cope with the effects of lasting trauma, which can cause deep emotional pain, fear, confusion or posttraumatic stress long after the traumatic event(s) 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, signs of trauma include:
- 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. If you or someone you know matches the trauma symptoms listed above, the Mindful Counseling Center can help. We invite you to contact us today.