Trauma is something that may happen with only one event, or it may be an ongoing situation. In either case, the resulting damage done to an individual who experiences the trauma is lasting. Some people can process the event and move forward. Many others, however, may never have the chance to do so. Even some were so devastated by a tragic act that they pushed the memory deep into their subconscious. This memory may not be readily brought to the surface, but it affects a person’s life.
The effects of trauma are not only psychological but may also cause problems physically. It has been found that a large percentage of those who enter treatment have some unprocessed trauma and need to undergo trauma treatment and trauma therapy before continuing their healing journey. What are the signs of trauma? Santé Center for Healing is here to help answer any questions you may have.
What is Trauma?
Trauma can be defined as any event or series of events that make a person feel they are in danger for their life. This can be a direct assault, an act of nature, a world event, or even witnessing a violent event being done to someone you care about. Some of the causes of trauma include childhood sexual or physical abuse, military service, domestic violence, a natural catastrophe, or an event such as the bombing of the World Trade Center. No two people react to these situations in the same way, and science still hasn’t figured out why one person may be able to move past the event, and another may be permanently troubled.
Signs of Trauma
Some of the more familiar signs of trauma can be found in disorders such as PTSD. These include frequent nightmares, reliving the event, or never feeling totally safe. Other signs of trauma that may indicate you need trauma treatment therapy or PTSD treatment include:
- Loss of memory
- Consistent irritability
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Avoiding people and places that trigger reactions
- Frequent mood swings
- Always being on guard
The above are only a few of the most popular signs of trauma. People who experience these symptoms may try to push the thoughts and feeling aside. This can be done in many ways and is often why those who have been through trauma turn to drugs or alcohol. In some cases, a person may not even realize they have a trauma-induced issue until they seek help for other issues, such as a substance abuse disorder.
Trauma therapy involves bringing the traumatic event to the surface so the individual can examine what happened, take the time to process what happened, and then realize they are no longer in danger and start to release the feelings associated with the trauma. They then need to examine how this trauma has impacted their lives. They must learn more positive ways to deal with symptoms of trauma. If a substance abuse disorder is involved, this trauma therapy will help the individual understand how the trauma was involved with their use. Finally, they will learn how to deal with the trauma head-on and will even help you seek substance abuse treatment.
We Are Here For You
Here at Santé Center for Healing in Texas, we understand how unprocessed trauma can wreak havoc on your entire life. When you reach out to us at 866.238.3154, we set up an evaluation for you or your loved one. During that time, we will look for signs of trauma. If it is indicated, our informed staff will include trauma therapy in your personal treatment plan. We aim to give you every chance possible to move onward on your healing journey. Contact us today and start putting the trauma of the past to rest.