Trauma Counseling (PTSD)

What is psychological trauma?

Psychological trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder, is a collection of mental and physical responses to extremely upsetting life events. This can range from the horrors of wartime combat to sexual, emotional, or physical abuse, to natural disasters or accidents. Even things that everyone experiences, such as the death of a loved one, can cause trauma in the long run. Children and adults alike can fall victim to psychological trauma.

Experiencing such events takes a toll on the brain and body, causing shock and denial in the short-term, but also depression, anxiety, nightmares, and unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol and drug addiction and perpetuation of abuse.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychiatric condition that develops when an especially distressing event negatively impacts your thought processes. Approximately 8 in 100 people will experience PTSD, and women are more likely than men to develop the disorder.

PTSD can cause nightmares, anxiety, flashbacks, and anger issues. PTSD was formerly known as shellshock because the symptoms and behaviors were identified in armed forces personnel who fought in the world wars.

What are the symptoms of psychological trauma?

Everyone experiences traumatic events differently, but you may have some of the following symptoms:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Angry outbursts
  • Avoiding places, objects, or people that you associate with the event
  • Being easily startled
  • Feelings of guilt or blame
  • Negative outlook on the world or of yourself
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How is trauma treated?

Each person’s treatment will differ based on their needs, but typical treatment plans include a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Antidepressants stave off some of the emotional symptoms you may feel, while a psychiatrist may also prescribe medication for help with bad dreams and for more restful sleep.

The team at Luminous Counseling & Consulting works with you to best address your needs based on a holistic approach of cognitive behavioral therapy and other psychological modalities. Depending on your goals, you may be given “homework” so you can progress and heal faster and more fully.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR therapy, may also help to reframe your thoughts and feelings associated with the trauma.

If you’re interested in working with the compassionate team at Luminous Counseling & Consulting to resolve your past traumas, call (256) 686-9195 or make an appointment online.