Trauma comes in many forms. Serious car wrecks, natural disasters, manmade tragedies, violence, military combat, and childhood abuse are all examples of trauma. When a traumatic event is more than your nervous system can “digest,” you may suffer from long-term emotional symptoms or even have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If you are suffering from trauma or think you may have PTSD you need to seek the help of a professional, who can guide you through the healing process.
How do you know? What are the symptoms?
Everyone experiences “bumps in the road” in life, but when the bumps give you nightmares, vivid memories that feel like flashbacks or you feel like you’re reliving the event over and over, these are all signs that therapeutic intervention is needed to help you process the impact on your nervous system.
Individuals suffering from trauma may feel agitated, tense, on edge, and become easily startled. Bursts of anger aren’t uncommon, and they may have difficulty focusing. Repeated intrusive thoughts may pepper their minds throughout the day and when it’s time to sleep at night they may have trouble falling or staying asleep. Interrupted sleep or a lack of sleep only exacerbates the problems.
So, what can a professional do to help?
The treatment for trauma and PTSD usually involves one-on-one therapy with an experienced clinician. Cognitive behavioral processing, prolonged exposure therapy, and other techniques may be utilized. In addition, a client may be offered the opportunity to engage in group therapy. Experience sharing with other individuals who have been through a similar trauma is often helpful.
It is important to note that individuals often struggle with trauma when the traumatizing event did not specifically happen to them. Having a traumatic event happen to a loved one or even seeing a traumatic event occur can be as damaging and impactful as experiencing an event firsthand.
Tennessee Counseling is a unique, managed practice that offers the full spectrum of psychological services all under one roof.
It is complete with a call center (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), online enrollment, in-house psychological testing, and medication management.
If you or someone you know is suffering from trauma or symptoms of trauma, call or go online for an appointment today.