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Leave Trauma Behind: It’s a Great New Day!


Leave Trauma Behind: It’s a Great New Day!


Experiencing or witnessing a disturbing event can occur almost anywhere and at any time in your life.  For some people, the experience may be forgotten, but others may be haunted by the memory of an event for a long time.

Human beings have an innate ability to respond to trauma, as an instinctive form of protection – this defense mechanism is called the “flight or fight” response.  However, a severe trauma complicated by some other issues can confuse this mechanism, and the experience may not be processed in the usual way.  This can result in the trauma being “stored” longer than usual.

While people usually want to prevent unfortunate or dangerous situations, we can’t always avoid them.  However, if a traumatic occurrence does happen to you, seeking the help of a therapist can help you process the experience and resolve the symptoms and pain you may be carrying.


Understanding Your Kind of Trauma

Each traumatic experience is unique and your way of processing it can be different from how others might.  If you had childhood experience that has not completely healed, it can come to the fore with another traumatic event.  And if you are struggling with an emotional condition like depression or anxiety, you may be at a greater risk.

Complex trauma has symptoms that can overwhelm you and result in affecting your abilities to function. These responses may not be expressed or recognized immediately.  However, for some time following the event, you may experience physical signs; such as sleeplessness, exhaustion, loss of appetite, and unexplained pain.  You may also have emotional symptoms, such as irritability, panic attacks, or anxiety. It is also common for people experiencing complex trauma to have difficulty making decisions or concentrating.

The symptoms can worsen as the memory of the experience stays with you. An unwanted scenario for trauma is its downward spin to become or PTSD (post traumati stress disorder).


PTSD: Living with Unsafe Feelings

PTSD is an emotional condition that can develop following a person’s exposure to something possibly life-threatening – a natural calamity, military combat, a terroristic incident, an accident, being physical assaulted, or other events. This condition can make you feel unsafe, and give you a feeling you’re in danger when you are not.  

There are no defined explanations why it happens to a person or why is the memory of the trauma stays with you. According to the Mayo Clinic, PTSD may develop due to a combination of several factors – genetic predisposition to anxiety or depression, natural disposition, and your brain’s production and secretion of certain neurotransmitters.

According to studies, there is an adaptive value for remembering distressing and dangerous events. These can increase your survival instincts and adrenaline levels, so you can respond better and faster if you are faced with an emergency. The adrenaline, however, can slow some brain functions – particularly the hippocampus where memories are processed. When not processed fully, the memory of the trauma can linger, and manifest as nightmares or “flashbacks.”


Therapy: Regaining Emotional Health  

Long after a bad experience, you can still hold on to the memory.  PTSD symptoms can be overwhelming, in that they seem to affect all areas of your life. The sight of a red car can bring back the memory of an accident or loud or sudden noise can bring back your war experience.  Some of these memories and symptoms can have a profound impact in your family, relationships, work and overall health.

With the PTSD symptoms in full force, your adrenaline can be high, which can trigger the “fight or flight” response.  Without relief, this can pose harm to your physical and emotional health, and interfere with your daily actions.  To gain optimal functioning again, your adrenaline levels and the memory of the trauma must be processed correctly.  This is what therapy can do to help you leave the trauma behind and resolve your PTSD symptoms.

If you feel as though trauma has resulted in your daily life being too difficult or you feel you may be missing out on the joys that life can offer, now is the time to do something about it.  Waiting can allow the symptoms to get worse or to develop into PTSD.  Seek treatment from a therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC – on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks.  Resolving the symptoms of a complex trauma or PTSD is something that a therapist can help you with.  Call today to make an appointment!


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Rose Thomas, MA, LPC, LCAS, NCC

Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Teens, Individuals, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder, ADHD, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, PTSD/Trauma Recovery, Acute Stress Disorder, Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors, Adjustment Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Self-injurious/Self-Harm, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Separation Anxiety, Disruptive Disorders, Conduct Disorder, Marital Conflict and Discord, LGBT, Substance Use Disorders
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