Trauma in its simplest form is the experience of something life altering (maybe even shattering) and unexpected that increases anxiety and often has elements of sadness and grief. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop from the trauma if symptoms of flashbacks, fear, hypervigilance, lack of sleep, difficulty concentrating, extreme sadness and withdrawal, and problems in relationships develop over 30 days after the event. However, not all traumas result in PTSD but that does not diminish their significance to the person or persons having experienced the trauma.
Often people ask:
“How do I not let things [symptoms] get worse?”
“Why do I need therapy and how will it help?”
“Can I avoid PTSD?”
We can mitigate the impact of a traumatic experience by seeking safe support to process what has been experienced. This support can be through formal therapy or utilizing supportive networks in the world around. The sooner you reach out for emotional help, your chances of avoiding PTSD symptoms decreases.
Therapy is a very pivotal part of the process in helping coping, processing, providing support, and adjusting for individuals having experienced traumas. Formal therapy can be provide by a skilled clinician that will guide you towards better coping, challenge unhealthy beliefs, and improve your symptoms.
Often therapists will utilize Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure, Somatic Experiencing, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and many many more therapeutic techniques; all of which help processing and improved functioning.
At Parkway Psychotherapy and Wellness most of our clinicians are highly trauma informed, meaning they are very skilled in this area. Most have taken advanced trainings to specifically address what we in the field call small “t” traumas and large “T” traumas. You do not have to suffer with symptoms. Relief is out there.
Reach out to one of our professionals today!