That is Considered a Traumatic Event?
Traumatic events and experiences can happen to anyone at any time. They come in many forms that are typically characterized by an intense, overwhelming reaction to an event or chronic experience. Traumatic events include actions such as sexual assault, physical abuse, bullying, neglect, combat, crimes, deaths and other violent events. Chronic experiences, such as neglect, health conditions, bullying, and family dysfunction are also considered as trauma. Whether it is the result of a one-time occurrence or a chronic situation, these events and experiences can lead to serious psychological issues. To effectively overcome these issues, a professional trauma and PTSD treatment plan is required.
What are the Warning Signs of Trauma & PTSD?
Traumatic incidents can overpower a person’s ability to cope with everyday situations, thus making it a pervasive problem in an individual’s daily life. Common effects of traumatic experiences include:
- Recurring memories or re-experiencing the event
- Detachment and disconnection
- Avoidance and numbing of emotions
- Hyper-sensitivity to certain stimuli
Psychological trauma and PTSD is often associated with various other symptoms that are difficult for the individual to identify or recognize.
How to Deal with the Effects of Trauma & PTSD
Dealing with the effects of trauma or PTSD requires appropriate trauma treatment measures to help the individual cope with the symptoms of the experience and overcome the overwhelming negative mental and physical responses once and for all. When someone takes the first step toward coping with the effects of trauma through integrated treatment, he or she may feel empowered and experience a greater sense of control over the situation. Positive and comprehensive trauma and PTSD treatment services help victims of trauma reduce anxiety, lessen instances of distressing reactions, and improve their daily living situation as a whole.
Comprehensive Trauma & PTSD Treatment in Nashville
Trauma treatment is a gradual process that often involves multiple layers of care and positive coping methods. Treatment methods include:
- Identifying the traumatic experience and its effects
- Professional counseling and support
- Meditation and relaxation practices
- Challenging and overcoming negative thoughts
- Promoting positive and enjoyable activities
These trauma treatment methods work together over time. The pace of recovery varies depending on the level of trauma and individual coping mechanisms.
Successful trauma treatment often encompasses several integrated therapies including:
- Somatic therapy
- Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
These therapies work in conjunction with one another to help the individual heal physically, mentally, psychologically, cognitively and behaviorally. The ultimate goal of trauma treatment is to fuel the body’s ability to naturally heal itself, work to resolve traumatic experiences by “unfreezing” traumatic memories, and process and analyze thoughts and feelings about trauma.
Working through a traumatic experience and dealing with the resulting symptoms can be a scary experience in itself. Start by finding a therapist you trust and are comfortable with who has the expertise and trauma treatment experience necessary to help you work through the underlying cause and resulting symptoms of a traumatic experience in all its shapes and forms. Building a sense of trust and high level of comfort in discussing problems with your therapist is the first essential step on the road to recovery.
At Integrative Life Center, we offer trauma and PTSD treatment in Nashville to help anyone in any situation overcome his or her experience in a healthy manner. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of psychological trauma or PTSD, contact Integrative Life Center to learn more about our specially-tailored trauma treatment services and expert therapists for men, women and children in all psychological trauma situations.