What is emotional and psychological trauma?
Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world.
Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people.
Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm.
It’s not the objective circumstances that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized.
Trauma comes in many shapes and sizes. It can be caused by a one-time event, such as an accident, divorce, grief, or a violent attack.
It can also be caused by ongoing stress, such as living in a crime-ridden neighborhood or battling a life-threatening illness. And it can even be caused by something that is commonly overlooked, such as surgery or the sudden death of someone close.
Regardless of the cause, trauma can have a profound emotional and psychological impact on those who experience it. With proper support, however, people can often overcome even the most traumatic of experiences.
It's highly unlikely that any of us will ever be the direct victims of a terrorist attack, plane crash, or mass shooting. Nevertheless, we're all regularly bombarded by horrific images on social media and news sources of those people who have been.
Viewing these images over and over can overwhelm your nervous system and create traumatic stress. Whatever the cause of your trauma, and whether it happened years ago or yesterday, you can take steps to heal the emotional wounds caused by the disaster.
Here are four tips for coping with trauma:
1) Acknowledge your feelings; 2)Talk about your experience with someone you trust; 3) Seek professional help if needed, and 4)Practice self-care. By following these tips, you can begin the journey to healing.
While traumatic events can happen to anyone, you’re more likely to be traumatized by an event if you’re already under a heavy stress load, have recently suffered a series of losses, or have been traumatized before—especially if the earlier trauma occurred in childhood.
Childhood trauma can result from anything that disrupts a child’s sense of safety, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, witnessing violence, natural disasters, and bullying.
Unfortunately, children who experience trauma are at an increased risk for experiencing future traumatic events. This is because trauma changes the way we see the world and ourselves, making us more vulnerable to further harm. Therefore, it’s important to get help if you or someone you know has experienced trauma, in order to reduce the chances of future trauma.
Experiencing trauma in childhood can result in a severe and long-lasting effect. When childhood trauma is not resolved, a sense of fear and helplessness carries over into adulthood, setting the stage for further trauma.
However, even if your trauma happened many years ago, there are steps you can take to overcome the pain, learn to trust and connect to others again, and regain your sense of emotional balance.
Many people who have experienced childhood trauma go on to lead happy and successful lives, but it is important to seek professional help if you are struggling to cope. With the support of a therapist or counselor, you can begin the process of healing and start to build a brighter future.
Working through trauma can be tough. You might have to relive some of the worst moments of your life and deal with a lot of intense emotions. But it's worth it to get to the other side.
The first step is finding the right therapist. Look for someone who has experience treating trauma specifically. They should also be someone you feel comfortable with.
If you don't feel safe, respected, or understood, keep looking until you find the right person. It's important to have a good relationship with your therapist because that will make the healing process a lot easier.
And once you start working through your trauma, you'll finally be able to start living your life again.