When a person is dealing with the effects of trauma, her life changes quite a bit. Sometimes, the changes happen suddenly. Other times, those changes happen gradually and over time. But, in any case, the changes that occur as a result of a traumatic experience are often very negative. This is because trauma usually involves an unpleasant, even dangerous or harmful, experience. People who feel the impact of a traumatic situation have likely witnessed something very serious. So, trauma must be addressed as soon as possible. And the approach to treatment should be very sensitive about the needs of the individual who is dealing with the trauma. Overcoming trauma and its effects is far from easy. It can be a very emotionally and mentally draining process. But, after all is said and done, people who have gone through treatment and counseling can finally gain true peace, once and for all.
Not sure about the effectiveness of counseling or treatment for trauma? Well, the impact of trauma doesn’t just go away. It does not simply disappear. Without the proper guidance, people may not be able to truly work towards overcoming trauma in their lives. Also, for most people who are going through it, trauma doesn’t come alone. In other words, many people deal with the effects of trauma along with other issues. For some individuals, addiction accompanies trauma. And, when this happens, it can be even more difficult to work through the effects of trauma. Drug and alcohol use can definitely stand in the way of one’s overall wellness. So, if an individual is living with a substance dependence problem in addition to the impact of a traumatic experience, she may have a really hard time finding freedom from either problem. This is why therapy and treatment are so very important.
Discussing the Effects of Trauma
We’ve mentioned that the trauma can produce so many negative effects. This is true. But, let’s talk a little bit about some of those effects and how they can impact your life. People who have experienced emotional trauma may show some of these symptoms and signs:
- Avoiding reminders of the occurrence
- Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
- Reliving the traumatic event
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sleep disorders
- Loss/Lack of confidence
- Numbing of emotions
- Social withdrawal
- Substance abuse
Sometimes, a person who has gone through an emotionally or mentally traumatic experience may become emotionally numb. This can happen for a number of reasons. She may find it hard to reconnect with her emotions. It can become very overwhelming to even “feel” anything. In many cases, a person’s emotions may cause the pain of the traumatic experience to resurface. So, whether intentionally or involuntarily, a person may suppress any or all feelings in order to avoid going through that pain again. Trauma can also cause a disruption in one’s sleeping patterns. It can cause people to have trouble sleeping at night, which can lead to long, hard days. People may begin to deal with frequent moods of agitation and irritability because of a lack of sleep.
Finally, trauma can also lead to drug or alcohol dependence. Many people have tried to cope with or work through their trauma by using medications, illicit drugs, or alcohol. But, depending on a substance for relief often leads to addiction. So, it’s important to avoid using alcohol or drugs as coping mechanisms.
Overcoming Trauma Through Therapy
Since trauma can create such problems in a person’s life, it’s absolutely important to seek professional help. Again, overcoming trauma isn’t an easy thing to do. But, here at Willow place for Women, we want to walk with you every step of the way. To learn more about our services and programs, just contact us today by calling 888-651-4212.