Trauma comes in many forms. It does not have to be a life threatening trauma to be significant or to have a negative impact on a person. Trauma can be physical or emotional and psychological. If something from your past is still negatively affecting you today, you can consider that a trauma.
Some people develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a trauma such as actual or threatened death, serious physical injury, or sexual violence. PTSD includes the following types of symptoms:
- Intrusion symptoms (such as intrusive memories of the traumatic event, flashbacks or nightmares)
- Avoiding things that are associated with the traumatic event (such as certain people, places, objects, activities)
- Negative shifts in thoughts and moods (such as negative beliefs about oneself or the world, persistent fear, anger, guilt, or shame, feeling detached)
- Negative changes in arousal and reactivity (such as irritability, hypervigilance, problems concentrating, problems sleeping)
Some people don’t develop the full range of symptoms included in PTSD, but may experience some of these symptoms that are negatively affecting their life in some way.
I use EMDR Therapy as my primary treatment modality to treating trauma. EMDR Therapy helps your brain and body recognize that the traumatic memory is no longer happening, and is in the past. EMDR Therapy helps to rewire your thought process and interpretation of the traumatic event.
Your past does not have to hold you back anymore. You can heal and move forward.