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
- Flashbacks and nightmares,
- 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.