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Trauma Therapy: What You Need To Know

Updated: Sep 26, 2022

When you experience a terrible event that leaves a lasting impact on your mental and emotional stability you may end up traumatized. Normally, after the event, you will deal with shock and denial. If not managed, in the long run, trauma results in strained relationships, uncontrollable emotions, and flashbacks.

Eventually, trauma may interfere with your ability to lead a normal life. When this happens, you need to seek help to be able to deal with the stress caused by the traumatic event. This is where trauma therapy comes in to help you deal with your emotional response to a traumatic event. Some of the sources of trauma include rape, domestic violence, disasters, and the death of a loved one or serious illness.

What Is Meant by Trauma Therapy?

Trauma therapy is an approach to therapy that focuses on recognizing and understanding the impact that a traumatic event can have on your mental, behavioral and physical well-being. Trauma therapy is based on comprehending the connection between a traumatic experience and your emotional response to it.

The purpose of trauma therapy is to equip you with the skills to help you in understanding, coping with, and process the emotions associated with your traumatic experience. The end goal is to help you develop a healthier and more adaptive meaning of the traumatic experience that you had.

What Are the Signs of Trauma?

There are some basic signs that you can look out for to know if you or your loved one is traumatized as a result of a terrible event. To know if a person is traumatized you need to observe if there is a change in the behavior of the person.

Victims of traumatic events do respond to conversations as they normally would and will often appear disoriented. Always look out for manifestations of anxiety in victims of a traumatic event. Anxiety often manifests itself in the form of nightmares, irritability, mood swings, and poor concentration.