Issues Trauma

Trauma

Trauma

A traumatic event, either singular or multiple, can completely overwhelm an individual’s ability to understand and address the event.  A psychological emotional trauma impacts an individual’s clarity of thoughts and feelings regarding the trauma.  Recent research has show that a psychological emotional trauma can occur after a car accident, loss of a loved one, sudden loss of job and other similar experiences.  Trauma can have a negative impact on one’s body, mind and spirit.

Regardless of the cause, trauma has three elements

  • It was unexpected
  • The person was unprepared
  • There was nothing the person could do to stop it

Symptoms

  • Flashbacks and nightmares,
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional numbness
  • Sleep problems
  • Anger outbursts
  • Substance abuse
  • Challenges maintaining relationships

Due to the nature of traumatic events, a person is not in control and is left feeling powerless and helpless.  Our survival response can have many people block or avoid the event as a coping strategy.  Shame can be one of the biggest factors that inhibit people coming for help.  However, impact of traumatic events do not go away and can shape the way a person views life.  Counselling can help people work through the emotional pain and healing caused by a traumatic event.