TRAUMA

According to SAMHSA, in the United States, 61% of men and 51% of women report exposure to at least one lifetime traumatic event, and 90% of clients in public behavioral health care settings have experienced trauma.

Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or threatening and that can have lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and physical, social, emotional well-being. Children or adults can experience various types of trauma including: natural disasters, sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, medical injury, illness, or procedures, community violence, neglect or deprivation, traumatic grief, victim of crime, kidnapping, accidents, school violence or bullying, loss, and more. Research has shown that children are particularly vulnerable to trauma because of their rapidly developing brain. During traumatic experiences, the brain is in heightened state of stress and fear-related hormones are activated. Trauma can have lasting affects all throughout adulthood, but the good news is that it can be addressed and reactions to trauma can be improved with help.

Treatment at CARE Counseling to address trauma may include exploring and processing the traumatic event, identifying lasting effects and behaviors because of trauma, and accepting or letting go to increase peace of mind. Therapy will look different for you depending on what you’ve gone through, and the speed at which trauma is processed is different for everyone as well, but if you know you’ve been struggling, it may be time to reach out.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Distressing memories of the traumatic event(s) that you feel like you can’t control

Distressing dreams in which the content or feeling is related to the traumatic event(s)

Avoiding people, places, things, activities, or situations that bring up memories of the traumatic event(s)

Lean about more traumatic event(s)

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Learn coping skills such as ways to help calm the mind and body

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy

COMMON SYMPTOMS

TRAUMATIC EVENT(S) SYMPTOMS

  • Unable to remember important parts of the traumatic event(s)
  • Feeling bad about yourself or blaming yourself
  • Feeling afraid, angry, guilty, or ashamed
  • Losing interest in activities you once found enjoyable
  • Feeling detached from others in your life
  • No longer able to experience happiness, satisfaction, or love
  • Being easily annoyed
  • Being easily startled
  • Having trouble concentration
  • Having trouble sleeping, or feeling like you’re not getting “good” sleep

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