Life after traumatic experiences can often feel like an unbearable task. Whether the trauma was in childhood or more recent; you do not have to work through the trauma alone.
Common Traumatic experiences include:
- sexual Abuse
- major accidents
- repetitive less severe experiences
Trauma is not limited to the more known and larger experiences, trauma can also occur after:
- relationship break ups
- sudden loss/bereavements
Traumatic experiences do not always lead to a clinical diagnosis, however, they can feel unmanageable none the less. Often, people feel like therapy is not for them, or they do not deserve it because their issue doesn’t seem ‘severe enough’ to warrant help or a diagnosis- this thinking can often lead people to remain struggling, sometimes indefinitely. Diagnoses which may occur after a Trauma may include: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).
Traumatic symptoms may include:
- Living in fear (even when you know there is nothing to fear or do not know what you are fearful of)
- Increased or decreased heart rate
- Increased or decreased breathing
- Addictive or risky behaviours
- Intrusive thoughts and memories (which may even feel the event is literally reoccurring)
- Feeling on high alert- overactive nervous system
- Emotional and physical flop- underactive nervous system
- Emotional overwhelm
- Dissociation (disconnecting from the body and/or mind- dazed or altered states)
- A lack of trust in the world
- Weight gain
- Psychosomatic symptoms- a range of physical symptoms and health problems may stem from psychological trauma
It can sometimes feel that life will never get better, but I can tell you recovery from trauma is possible! Working through traumatic memories must include methods to regulating the nervous system and creating safety and emotional regulation. This is important before going into the traumatic memories, to avoid re-traumatisation. Working at creating new meaning in life and finding acceptance for the experience and working towards a new life is the part of the process.
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