3 Ways You Can Understand Trauma/PTSD

How Does Trauma Affect You?

One of the most difficult topics in psychology/psychotherapy is trauma. Why? Because the experience can be very raw, meaning the complexity and intensity can be really significant. The more potent version is usually PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder). How does it differ? PTSD tends to manifest via flashbacks. Flashbacks are parts of the old memory/experience that repeats itself in the individual. These can be triggered at random parts of the day/week/months. Here are 3 Ways you can understand trauma better:

Memories matter…but can be controlled.

1)     Trauma can sometimes be obvious and has a definite cause that the individual knows about. That's the sort of trauma most are familiar with. Other times the trauma is subtle, but it manifests subconsciously so whenever you are in a place or around people who perhaps may have contributed to the trauma, you feel anxious and stressed but you aren't sure why. Memories are a powerful experience and store everything about ourselves, so when an old memory comes to the surface and re-plays itself, it seems that the event is really happening which can be extremely discomforting for the sufferer. Remember, what’s happening is that memories that have not been correctly addressed and stored, and this forms a loop sequence until the memory is addressed. Imagine this, you are worried about a work-based project, you want it completed on time but as the deadline draws closer, you keep worrying about it until the experience becomes persistent every day and in your sleep. This is how trauma feels like, but develops over time and persists.

2)     Trauma can happen to anyone, it doesn't discriminate. Usually children are likely to suffer from traumas because they are very vulnerable at that point in time. But as above, you can experience trauma due to any persistent or significant event in your life and remember, what is significant/distressful to you will not be the same for someone else. It's all relative. You might think a car accident is significant, but to others, they are less likely to be traumatised by the event, though it should be noted that everyone will be at least shook up by the whole experience. The science behind traumatic events is quite complex, there’s many regions of the brain that are involved in the experience but that is beyond this article. The main thing to acknowledge is that psychologists and neuroscientists have a good idea how trauma occurs and is treated. So rest assured, if you think you have trauma, I can help assess you and work with you to develop the right skills so you know what you’re up against.

3)     Lastly, trauma is widely misunderstood. It’s usually been associated to soldiers returning from war, which as we all know, is not a pleasant experience. This classic form of trauma is known as 'Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)' and it's hallmark is the classic 'flashbacks' syndrome. Though you may or may not have flashbacks in your own traumas and if you do, they may occur in wakeful state or unconsciously. Example traumas/PTSD can be from a big car accident, a death of a loved one or losing an important job/employment. I will follow up with more articles on various types of trauma and provide useful tips help you.

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