Have you experienced a particularly terrifying event that you can’t seem to forget? Do images of the event suddenly intrude into your mind? Do you blame yourself for the thigs that happened? Is it becoming overwhelming and even unbearable? If so, you may be experiencing trauma. Often, when something overly frightening or dangerous happens, an individual may experience the effects of trauma. Examples of such events include but are not limited to rape, sexual/physical abuse, war, and other life-threatening events. Even witnessing such events can be traumatic.
Common signs of trauma may include:
- Feeling overly sensitive and overwhelmed
- Overreacting in situations and not understanding why
- Recurring images of the event, possibly in the form of nightmares
- Feelings of dissociation/feeling disconnected with the body
- Anger, sometimes directed towards the self
- Blaming yourself and being confused about what is wrong you
When trauma goes untreated, a condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder can arise. It is characterized by more severe symptoms, such as feelings that the event is repeating itself, recurring nightmares and memories of the event, avoiding reminders of the event, and an inability to form trusting relationships. Symptoms of trauma or PTSD usually show up within about three months of the event–however, sometimes signs of traumatic stress can show up years later. It can be treated with medicine and therapy, and the length of treatment tends to vary with each case.
If you feel that you may be experiencing the effects of trauma, no matter what severity it may be, remember that it is not your fault that you are feeling this way and that you need not feel this way forever. It takes courage to seek help, but it is very possible to get your life back and move past it. Remember that you are not alone. Statistics show that in any given year, 5.2 million Americans have PTSD. In fact, June is PTSD Awareness Month. This year, National PTSD Awareness Day is on June 27, 2015.
If you or a loved one live in Manhattan or Bergen County New Jersey and might be suffering from trauma or PTSD, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information
Written by Kassandra C.