Trauma comes in many forms and shapes and is a result of different adverse events such as a near-death experience, sexual or physical assault, neglect or abuse. Trauma can happen due to a single event or serious negative events.
What are the symptoms of trauma?
Irritability, hypervigilance, avoidance, sleeping problems, nightmares, flashbacks, and low self-esteem are some of the symptoms that one can experience after a traumatic event.
At Carolinas Mental Health, I help you to overcome the symptoms of your traumatic experiences by using Accelerated Resolution Therapy* (ART), relaxation methods, and other trauma-informed therapy practices.
*ART is a form of psychotherapy with roots in existing evidence-based therapies and it tends to show its advantages rapidly (usually between 1-5 sessions). The clients are always under control of the entire ART session, with the therapist guiding the process of voluntary image rescripting.
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The term “Trauma” or “Psychological Trauma” refers to the painful emotional consequences that can be caused by going through a difficult event. Yet, it is difficult to say what constitutes a distressing event, as the same event can be more traumatic for some people than for others.
Traumatic experiences that occur early in life, such as abuse and attachment disruption often have devastating consequences. But the traumatic events that occur later and are beyond the control of those who experience them – serious accidents, violence, natural disasters, wars, sudden and unexpected loss – can also be really hard to handle for a lifetime.
When the memory of a traumatic event and the thoughts that accompany it persist or become more intrusive, they can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which severely compromises a person’s ability to regulate their emotions and maintain harmonious relationships with others.
Types of Traumatic Events:
- Singular and recent event (automobile accident, violent assault),
- Singular event that has happened in the past (sexual assault, death of a spouse or child, accident, natural disaster, or war),
- Stressful, repeated, and prolonged experience (continued childhood neglect, sexual or physical abuse, emotional abuse).