Trauma is defined as an emotional wound or shock that creates substantial lasting damage to one’s psychological development. Trauma may result from psychological or emotional injury caused by a deeply disturbing experience; or a body wound or shock from sudden physical injury. Trauma often leads to neurosis if left untreated. The effects that traumatic events have on people are unique.
Common Symptoms of Trauma Include:
- Profuse sweating
- Heart palpitations
- Panic attacks
- Frequent headaches
The Impact of Traumatic Events
The emotional and mental impact of trauma is almost always the same – unprocessed feelings, fears and anger surface over time due to traumatic experiences. There are residential treatment centers that are designed to handle patients specifically suffering from some level of trauma. They vary in their specialties and programs, but all have a common interest in relieving patients of the effects past traumas trigger throughout their lives.
Examples of Trauma Include:
- Car accidents
- Sexual abuse as a child
- Violence in the home as a child
- Physical abuse in relationships or a children
- Loss of a loved one
- Witnessing assault or death of another
- Catastrophic, emotionally charged incidents
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
One of the most frequently diagnosed disorders following a traumatic experience is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). An online forum promoting trauma victims’ healing defines PTSD as,“a life threatening, debilitating disorder that can break down a sufferer’s body through anxiety and stress. Furthermore, it poses a significant suicide risk resulting from the brain’s neurological imbalance and chemical depression. Sufferers often live in denial.”
Group and individual therapy are recommended for trauma sufferers. In severe cases, it is recommended that individuals consult a medical professional to determine if medication can assist in their recovery. Many trauma victims have found serenity through support groups specific to their traumatic event.