Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the mind that occurs as a result of a severely 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.
What Are the Symptoms of Trauma?
Trauma symptoms are usually emotional & psychological and may include some of the following:
- Shock, denial, or disbelief.
- Confusion, difficulty concentrating.
- Anger, irritability, mood swings.
- Anxiety and fear.
- Guilt, shame, self-blame.
- Withdrawing from others.
- Feeling sad or hopeless.
- Feeling disconnected or numb.
- Unpredictable emotions
- Strained relationships
What Would be Considered as Trauma?
Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, attack etc. Normally, shock and/or denial can follow a traumatic event.
Trauma can be caused by an overwhelmingly negative event that causes a lasting impact on the victim’s mental and emotional stability. While many sources of trauma are physically violent in nature, others are psychological.
Many of us think that trauma only happens because of ‘big’ events and so we do not consider that we might be suffering from trauma. However, trauma can come from situations including bereavement, divorce, illness etc.
What Happens Following Trauma?
How we deal with the aftermath of a traumatic event is important. If we are in a place where we can process and deal with what has happened, then we may not suffer long term effects. However, for many of us after care is insufficient and there is often not enough information available to help us. We tend to get ‘stuck’ in the traumatic event itself and this can cause us a whole raft of the symptoms above.
I Think that I’m Suffering from Trauma, What Can I Do?
In the first instance consult your doctor who may prescribe medication to help with the symptoms in the short-term. If however, you continue to have long term issues then you may need to seek emotional and psychological help.
There are many practitioners out there and services include: Counselling, CBT etc.
How Can I Help You?
If you decide to seek therapy, I will show you techniques to help you manage your feelings. These include breathing exercises, Mindfulness and EFT, or Tapping, points to reduce the emotional response that you may be experiencing. The techniques that you learn will become invaluable tools which will be useful to you for the rest of your life.
We can process the memories by including elements of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Eye Movement De-sensitisation and Reprocessing. Once the memories are processed we can deal with any remaining symptoms such as anxiety etc.
EFT and Hypnotherapy are both compassionate treatments which means that whilst helping you come to terms with what has happened we will avoid any re-traumatisation as far as possible.