Moving forward with Your Life after Trauma

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Moving forward with Your Life after TraumaTrauma can wreak havoc on a person’s physical and mental health. When catastrophic events can’t be properly processed by an individual, his brain may “shut down” psychologically. Like the effects of a lightning strike on a circuit breaker, the traumatized person blocks out the experience completely. This phenomenon may be a sort of defense mechanism, but to the traumatized individual the effects are devastating. Moving past the trauma often requires specialized, professional help.

Trauma and PTSD

The following are all experiences that can traumatize the brain:

  • Surviving a natural disaster
  • The sudden death of a friend or relative
  • Exposure to battlefield violence
  • The death and mayhem experienced by first responders
  • Being victimized by violent crime
  • Childhood physical or sexual abuse
  • Long-term exposure to bullying or verbal abuse
  • Close proximity to an explosion
  • Concussion

These experiences and others like them can create a condition that is known clinically as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) The following symptoms of PTSD can happen immediately following the traumatic event or many years later:

  • Flashbacks
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Anger management problems
  • Nightmares
  • Emotional disconnectedness
  • Loss of interest in previously important relationships or activities
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

If left untreated PTSD often leads to addiction, self-harm, criminal behavior, and general misery. Individuals struggling with PTSD struggle to focus in school, find it difficult to perform on the job, and often experience relationship failure. It is critical that traumatized individuals find the help they need to move past the trauma and find deep and lasting healing.

Effective PTSD Treatment

The medical and psychological communities have learned much about the effective treatment of PTSD and its related conditions. The key to healing is finding a way for the brain to process the painful and difficult emotions associated with the trauma. The most effective treatment programs carefully diagnose all co-occurring disorders a person is experiencing and then develop a customized treatment plan based on their unique needs. These treatment plans often involve some or all of the following:

  • Specialized counseling that is tactical and strategic
  • The cultivation of healthy coping skills and habits
  • Support group meetings
  • Spiritual and moral support
  • Access to medical health care
  • Medically supervised detox (when needed)
  • Nutritional support
  • Innovative relaxation techniques including meditation, yoga, massage, and acupuncture

Help is available, and most traumatized people will not be able to fully move past their trauma without it.

Finding Help to Move Past PTSD

If you think you may be experiencing PTSD, or if you recognize some of these symptoms in someone you know and love, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are standing by all day and night with confidential and caring answers to all of your questions. We can help you to assess your problems and can provide a direct connection to treatment programs that are customized to meet your exact needs. Don’t wait one more day or endure one more night of PTSD symptoms before calling for help. We’re here and we’re ready to help you reach a healthy, peaceful, and wonderful new life. Call now.