The primary reactions people experience are fear and anxiety. Sometimes feeling anxious can be a result of being reminded of the trauma and other times it comes out of the blue. Certain triggers may remind you and activate these fears like times of the day, smells, places, or actions.
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a treatable disorder affecting around 3 million Australians at some time in their lives . PTSD can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event or a series of traumatic events or circumstances. Examples include natural disasters, serious accidents, terrorist acts, war, sexual or physical assault and bullying.
Signs & Symptoms of PTSD
Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop a trauma reaction, however, a portion will. Below are the common signs and symptoms to look for, although each person responds in their own unique ways there are similarities.
Many of the common reactions to trauma are connected and interact with one another, which can cause the overall response to be more intense. As you process these experiences during treatment, then symptoms should become less distressing.
Adapted from Foa, Hembree, Rothbaum (2007) Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences, Therapist Guide. Oxford University Press: New York.)
Psychological trauma therapy with a psychologist can help you overcome the effects of trauma. Your psychologist will tailor the treatment to meet your individual needs.
Trauma therapy is designed to help you work through your traumatic experiences in a safe and supportive environment. It can help you process your emotions, develop coping skills, and learn to manage your symptoms. Trauma therapy can also help you create a sense of resilience and empowerment, allowing you to move forward with your life.
Types of Trauma Therapy
CBT Therapy can help you identify negative thoughts and beliefs and replace them with more positive and realistic ones. It is a structured approach that involves setting goals and working towards them. In addition, CBT Therapy can help you develop coping skills and learn how to manage your PTSD symptoms.
EMDR Therapy uses rapid eye movements to help you process traumatic memories. It is designed to help individuals reprocess traumatic memories and develop new, more positive associations with them. EMDR Therapy can be highly effective in treating PTSD and other trauma-related disorders.
Benefits of Trauma Therapy
There are many benefits to trauma therapy, including:
Trauma can affect your ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. Trauma therapy with a psychologist can help you learn effective communication styles, boundary setting and building healthy relationships.
Increased Self-Esteem and Overall Wellbeing
Trauma can leave you feeling disconnected from other people. Trauma therapy with a psychologist can help you develop self-confidence and self-worth.