Trauma affects each of us differently and therefore requires an individual and tailored approach. Oftentimes, people will experience an emotional or psychological response, however this is not always the case, and these responses do not always occur immediately after something happens to us. The responses that we have to trauma are often confronting and can be difficult to manage alone.
What is trauma?
Trauma can originate from many sources and, broadly, describes any event which is deemed to be significantly disturbing or distressing. These can include: Physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, assault, witness to violence, motor vehicle accidents, workplace incidents and disturbing events in early life. A traumatic event can overwhelm our natural and established ability to cope and can cause novel feelings and experiences such as: Depressed mood, intrusive memories or mental images, nightmares, changes in our sense-of-self, as well as changes in mood which can include depression. The effects are usually significant and difficult to modify alone. This can require specialist intervention from a trained clinical psychologist.
The acute manifestation of these events can create illness such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), however more mild and moderate responses can result also. These can include depression or anxiety, as well as changes to our relationships with others and ourself. Notably, preexisting mood disturbances can interface with PTSD as can previous trauma. In the case of previous traumatic experiences, this can result in a phenomena termed ‘Complex PTSD’. This describes an experience marked by multiple episodes of trauma, and this is an important diagnostic consideration.
What are the effects of trauma?
The effects of trauma can manifest as: Depression, anxiety, flashbacks, disturbing and recurrent nightmares, fear, emotional fatigue, issues at work, and issues with relationships and with family, to name a few. These are just some of the manifestations, and trauma more commonly goes untreated for years. The main reason for this can relate to people avoiding a disturbing experience despite their discomfort, shame and guilt, depression, or the belief that a person is helpless in their situation.
We can help you
We have helped many people recover from trauma and PTSD and we are recognised as a leading treatment centre in this area. We employ a variety of specific and tailored treatments, including EMDR [link to EMDR], depending on your situation, and we have proven efficacy in helping people overcome these experiences.
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