What is Trauma?

Psychological trauma often occurs following exposure to an extremely stressful event. This exposure results in feelings of insecurity and fear, characterised as reliving the occurrence and re-experiencing the same emotions. There is no fixed definition and criterium for what trauma is, irrespective of the occurrence, an individual’s definition of their trauma is unique and refers to their own subjective experience. Often, subjection to trauma results in developing mental health difficulties, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This results in prolonged experiences of debilitating thoughts and feelings which makes normative daily functioning difficult.  

What are the symptoms of trauma?

Psychological Symptoms of Trauma:

  • Developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Denial and shock
  • Feelings of guilt and helplessness 

Behavioural Symptoms of Trauma:

  • Lack of trust in peers
  • Disconnecting and socially withdrawing
  • Panic attacks

Physical Symptoms of Trauma:

  • Insomnia and extreme fatigue
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle pain

How to cope with Trauma

The journey to recovery from trauma is not easy and requires dedication to attending talk therapy. The preliminary aim of talk therapy is to ensure that you recognise that you are in a safe space. A therapist works with you, to make you feel comfortable, listened to, and understood. In this secure environment, you can work through the emotions you are experiencing and talk about any recurring fears. The pace of the sessions are down to you. A therapist is fully aware that each person’s trauma is individual, and theirs, meaning that there is no objective and suitable intervention for all trauma. Instead, the therapist will cater the intervention to fulfil what your needs are, supporting you on your journey to healing.

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