Trauma can be described as a normal reaction to an abnormal circumstance(s). Often people suffering from the effects of trauma do not associate the symptoms with the event(s) of origin and do not understand why they are struggling. They may blame themselves and become frustrated that they are unable to resume as they did prior to the trauma that occurred.
Trauma is an individual's emotional response to extreme events such as accidents, rape, or natural disasters. Immediate reactions will often include episodes of shock and denial. In the long-term, an individual may suffer flashbacks, physical symptoms, fluctuating emotion states and strained personal relationships with others.
PTSD is classified as an anxiety disorder, and its symptoms will not be present before exposure to a stressor event. While it has been popularly associated in society with combat veterans facing life-threatening events, it may develop and effect someone that has been exposed to extremely traumatic events.
Typically, an individual with PTSD will avoid thoughts, emotions, and discussion of the traumatic event. However, an event may be relived through flashbacks or nightmares. The inability to willingly address and discuss the event in combination with recurrent recollections can lead to many stress-related physical symptoms like headaches, nausea and chest pain. Overall mental health, social interaction, and relationship may also begin to suffer.
Increasing or prolonged feelings of hopelessness and interruptions to daily responsibilities are an indication that one should seek the help of a psychotherapist. My professional training in trauma counseling and EMDR Littleton/Highlands Ranch gives me tools necessary to help clients alleviate the debilitating symptoms of trauma and/or PTSD. I am also able assist in them develop and carry out a long-term plan for making progress towards reestablishing a healthy routine. I am also able to assist in developing a long-term plan for making progress towards reestablishing a healthy routine.
If you've been experiencing intrusive memories or flashbacks of a traumatic event and have anxious feelings that disrupt your daily life, please contact me to set up an initial meeting to analyze your current situation.