Trauma

It doesn’t matter how strong-minded or healthy you are, we can all experience a traumatic event that can cause prolonged negative effects. It is important to understand how serious situations can create conditions which can develop into Trauma. Awareness of what causes trauma and how to get the right support for it can significantly help individuals and families move on from traumatic experiences.

What is trauma?

Trauma is the impact of a physically and, or emotionally distressing experience. It then can form into many types of feelings: sometimes helplessness, impending doom and confusion. How these feelings impact you are down to the nature of the event and the individual suffering. Trauma can cause even the most seemingly strong-minded people to behave in detrimental ways.

Causes

People often associate trauma with single events, such as being attacked, raped or a medical emergency, but it is not always easy to identify the cause of trauma. There are many more difficult to see and understand the causes of trauma, such as having a bad or abusive upbringing or instability. 

Common Impact of Trauma

While common symptoms do exist and are well known, the result of trauma is down to the individual and their experience. People who have suffered traumatic incident will often find themselves reliving the distressing moments, sometimes long after the event. This forms into overwhelming, dominating detrimental feelings and responses, such as bad thoughts, strange physical sensations and abnormal reactions. When these overwhelming sensations take a hold on the individual, it can lead to further demotivation, distress and fear; the individual may feel they are unable to escape the sensation or constantly relive traumatic events. 

Support and Direction

The first step in dealing with trauma is recognizing it. But because trauma is often stigmatized and misunderstood, it becomes difficult for some people to seek out the right kind of support from friends, family or professionals. While many people suffering from trauma get back to a healthy lifestyle without help and specialist help, others need this support to help them understand and manage their trauma. 

If you have suffered trauma and feel in any way distressed about the situation, it is important to know that you don’t have to be alone when dealing with this. If you are uncomfortable with talking to people in your personal life about this, there are support groups and professionals that are more than willing to help you return to a healthy lifestyle. With the right kind of support and measures, we can reduce the impact of trauma, but this often requires the person suffering to take the bold step of talking about it. 

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Trauma Treatment

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment which, in small doses, triggers the recollection of traumatic events in the client while the therapist distracts their eye movements. Many studies have shown EMDR therapy to be one of the most effective treatments for Trauma. 

As the client’s eye movements are distracted by the therapist while recalling traumatic memories, their attention is somewhat divided; this allows the therapist to expose the client to memories without there being a psychologically damaging response. Due to being exposed to those memories over time, the effects of those negative feelings will be reduced.

EMDR is considered to be a very effective form of therapy for Trauma sufferers that find it difficult to recall or talk about past events. What is EMDR?