Trauma / PTSD

What is Trauma?

Trauma and PTSD are related but distinct concepts. Trauma refers to an emotional or psychological response to a distressing or disturbing event. This event can be a single incident or a series of experiences that have a profound impact on your emotional and mental well-being. Trauma can manifest in various ways, such as intense fear, helplessness, or horror, and it can affect your daily life and functioning.

What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a specific mental health diagnosis that can develop as a result of trauma. It’s characterized by a set of symptoms that persist over time, typically for more than a month, and significantly affect your daily life. These symptoms include re-experiencing the traumatic event, often through intrusive thoughts or nightmares; avoidance of reminders of the trauma; negative changes in thoughts and mood; and heightened arousal, which can lead to hypervigilance and irritability. In essence, trauma is the emotional response to a distressing event, while PTSD is a formal diagnosis that may result from experiencing trauma. Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD, but it’s important to seek help and support if you’re struggling with the emotional aftermath of a traumatic event.

How can my therapist help with my trauma and/or PTSD symptoms?

It’s important to understand that these responses are normal reactions to an abnormal event. By sharing your trauma with your therapist, you have the opportunity to process the pain, fear, and grief that may have been festering within you. In therapy, we’ll develop strategies to manage distressing symptoms, improve your overall well-being, and work towards reclaiming your sense of safety and control. It’s important to remember that discussing trauma can be emotionally challenging, but with your therapist, you can gradually work through the process at your own pace.

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