What is Trauma?
Trauma as defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) as an emotional response to a terrible/stressful event in your life. For example, rape, murder, or natural disaster. In moments of stress, these emotions like shock and denial are natural. However, when these emotions linger causing disruption to your life, relationships and physical health these are signs that trauma has set in.
What is PTSD?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a diagnosis when anxiety-related symptoms from a traumatic event persist and interrupt daily life. Many people try to escape the stress of PTSD by turning to drugs or alcohol.
The relationship between Trauma and PTSD
Trauma and PTSD have a very close relationship with each other as they happen quite frequently together. When trauma becomes unbearable one of the first forms of its manifestation is through PTSD. As your mind and body tries to deal with your trauma one of its immediate reactions is exhibited through the symptoms of PTSD.
What causes PTSD?
PTSD can be brought on for various reasons however, there is a misconception it is only a side effect of being exposed to war. People develop PTSD from a direct firsthand traumatic experience such as an assault, victimization, or involvement in a life-threatening event. It can also occur simply by witnessing others who are in danger, suffering, or who are seriously injured or killed.
Signs and Symptoms
- Constantly obsessing over the traumatic event
- Avoidance of certain activities that have triggered feeling of trauma
- Flight or fight response including heightened senses or desensitization to physical pain
- Negative changes in beliefs i.e. loss of spirituality or a bleak outlook on life
Types of Treatment
Group therapy helps clients to discuss traumatic events amongst each other in a safe and judgment-free environment. Sessions deal with a scope of issues allowing clients to learn how to effectively communicate with others.
Music therapy improves self-expression and group interaction skills through the use of music. This form of therapy uses music as a non-threatening way to express unresolved feelings. It also is a great vehicle to facilitate meaningful group discussions.
Why get treatment?
Many people suffering from either PTSD or Trauma neglect seeking help out of fear of being stigmatized by others. Leaving trauma or PTSD untreated can lead to a wide array of problems including addiction. Many people suffering from these disorders tend to abuse drugs or alcohol as an attempt to deal with their emotions through self-medication. Not seeking treatment for these disorders will only lead to more or possibly worse outcomes.
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Contact The Cove Center for Recovery to learn how you can learn to overcome your trauma or PTSD and use this understanding to avoid situations that give rise to potential relapses. please email the Cove Center for Recovery Behavioral Health Treatment Center or call us 888-407-6574 for help.