What is Trauma?
Trauma can be defined as “extreme stress” which results from experiencing or witnessing a distressing or traumatic event that leaves the individual feeling overwhelmed and fearful.
Many adults who go through traumatic or distressing events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, it may be post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Overview of PTSD
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a trauma and stress related disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying or distressing event or multiple events. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Common Symptoms of PTSD
- Nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts
- Avoiding thoughts, feelings, people or places that remind you of the traumatic event
- Loss of interest in activities you enjoyed before the trauma(s) ever happened
- Anxiety disorders resulting in chronic physical pain, body tensions and teeth grinding
- Feeling rejected, threatened or distant for most people
- Inability to relax the mind and the body
- Feeling consistently pessimistic about the future
- Extreme state of alertness or being on guard
- Problems falling asleep or staying asleep
- Being easily angered or upset
- Irritable or aggressive behavior
- Self-destructive or reckless behavior
- Relationship problems
Common Trauma Experiences
- Sudden or unexpected break-up
- Domestic violence (emotional and physical)
- Childhood maltreatment including abuse and neglect
- Childhood sexual abuse
- Sexual assault including harassment or rape
- Medical trauma
- Sudden loss or death of a loved one (grief and loss)
- Witnessing acts of violence
Treatment for Trauma & PTSD
Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Hypnotherapy are powerful treatments to access the source of distress and can effectively treat the symptoms and underlying source of PTSD.
If you are struggling with the symptoms from trauma and PTSD, there is hope. Take the first step to healing by submitting a request for a new client appointment.Get Started