Psychological trauma can be caused by many possible events. A singular event such as a car accident, the death of a loved one, or being the victim of a violent crime can result in trauma. Trauma can also be caused by long-term patterns of abuse or neglect that may occur as the result of domestic violence or child abuse. Regardless of its origin, trauma can have many significant emotional and physical symptoms that impact your ability to function. Emotional symptoms may include intense anxiety, irritability, shock, sadness, shame, avoidance, flashbacks, and feeling disconnected from others. Physical symptoms may include sleep problems, feeling on edge, racing heartbeat, muscle tension, and the development of an intense startle reaction. The impact of these symptoms can be highly significant and include feeling unable to work or attend school, feeling disconnected in relationships, using substances to numb negative feelings, and developing the tendency to avoid any and all people, places, or things that create feelings of anxiety.
The experience of a traumatic response can be overwhelming and very challenging, but treatment can significantly improve your ability to cope and function following a trauma. It is possible to experience your memory of the trauma in a way that it does not impact your ability to function normally and live a satisfying life.
At Healthy Synergy our therapists are experienced in the treatment of trauma and have been trained in the most effective methods including prolonged-exposure therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic approaches. We are confident in our ability to help you work through your traumatic experience and to help you feel like you can live the life you want to again.
Learn more by contacting us at 301-569-6326.