Trauma is an emotional response to an event that left a negative impact on an individual. Events like an accident, rape or a natural disaster induce shock and denial in the person. Long- term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and physical symptoms like headache or nausea.
A traumatic event would have varied responses for different individuals but here are some common symptoms.
Sadness, anger, denial, shame, fear
Anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance addiction
Nausea, difficulty in sleeping, changes in appetite, dizziness, different body aches.
Since the symptoms are different for everyone, it's important to know the state of your trauma and seek assistance for the same.
Some questions you can ask yourself
If your answer to most of these questions is a YES, it is advisable for you to seek assistance from an expert. Healing takes time and patient but you emerge stronger and happier.
Am I unable to forget the event that happened with me?
Am I getting bothered by the event to an extreme level?
Is my physical health being affected by it?
Do I feel anxious or depressed?
Do I face difficulty in sleeping?
Am I facing the loss of appetite?
Am I living in denial and shame and not accepting the truth?
Therapy and Benefits
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is a psycho-social intervention that focuses on changing the cognitive distortions, improving the emotional regulation and the development of coping strategies. This can help an individual to brush aside the cynical thoughts and put a halt to over thinking.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
REBT is an approach where initially the identification of negative thoughts and scornful beliefs is done. It is done because these may further lead to emotional and behavioural issues. It is a philosophically and empirically based psychotherapy. It comes to use with people who have a rigid mind and thought pattern.
It is a communication that can take place via call or in person. The certified counselor guides an individual to identify their problems and gives potential solutions. They may assist is escalating the self-esteem, changing the behavioral patterns, strengthening communication and improving
the thought patterns. They act as a guiding light to make an individually accept and acknowledge
their past and present.
Expressive Arts Therapy
This therapy uses creative art skills like dance, painting, writing for the purpose of catharsis. People who find is difficult to get vocal about their issues can use this therapy. As traumas make a majority of individual speak less or rather stay numb this is advisable. Gradually, with the healing power of time and efforts, they come out of their trauma.