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Have you experienced a traumatic event and suffered from lingering fear and anxiety?

Trauma primarily happens within someone due to experiencing a difficult or hurtful event. It is not the event itself; trauma is not what happened to the person is what happens inside the person. 

The event is what happened, and the emotional injury or trauma is what last. Trauma is a psychic injury that is in the nervous system, mind, and body, lasting long past the originating incident or incidents, triggerable at any moment. It is an ongoing source of pain even with lightless stimuli; it compels people to be ever vigilant and limits the capacity to have mental flexibility and act confidently. Trauma alters a person's biological, psychological, and social equilibrium to such a degree that the memory of one particular event comes to taint and dominate all other experiences, spoiling an appreciation of the present moment.

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Trauma Symptoms According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5.

Avoidance Symptoms

  • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event.

  • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

Re-experiencing Symptoms

  • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares, or flashbacks

Hyperarousal Symptoms

  • Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance

  • Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm

  • Sleep disturbances

Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

  • Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable

  • Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event

  • Change in habits or behavior since the trauma

Research has proven psychotherapy to be the most effective form of trauma treatment. Most commonly, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used in treating trauma.

If you or someone you know matches the trauma symptoms listed above, I am confident I can help and invite you to contact me today.

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