Suffering from Trauma

Are you Suffering from Trauma?

Suffering from trauma or a traumatic incident can hinder a person from being able to perform normal day to day activities.  And sadly, most people have a hard time discussing the trauma they experienced.   They tend to cover up their feelings about the traumatic event – even though talking and working through their feelings would be helpful and cathartic.  Trauma can lead to depression and anxiety in those suffering.  In many cases, the depression and anxiety alone make talking about the experience even harder, creating a feedback loop of emotional instability and insecurity.

When Trauma Occurs

The trauma occurs – it can be a single instance, or it can be recurring bad experiences over a period of time. From this trauma event, a person suffering doesn’t know how to cope, making them feel anxious and broken.  The depression might start right away, or it may develop over time; it can also trigger a person to feel as though something is wrong with them for simply experiencing depression – and it’s an unfortunate cycle.

Of course, all of this can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder that affects over 7 million adults in the United States.  This is a very common feeling one experiences in their lifetime.  And, more than 80% of people struggling with these symptoms are not receiving help or treatment. It’s crucial you seek treatment in order to overcome this obstacle.

Is thinking positively not helping to overcome your emotions?  Does getting advice from loved ones make you feel frustrated?  Are you partaking in self-destructive behavior to dull the pain and the residual emotional scars hiding just beneath the surface? These behaviors are the result of trying to break the cycle of a traumatic event on your own without the proper help.

Master Sgt. James Haskell was an aerial gunner for most of his 21-year career in the U.S. Air Force. Now, he struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and says putting on a happy face to get through a day is like wearing a mask. He is from Haverhill, Mass., and is stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin Milliken/Released)

Trauma Solution

But there is a solution that may work.

EMDR Therapy. I have experience and training in providing EMDR therapy to people suffering from unspeakable events.  EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment designed to help alleviate distress and anxiety associated with traumatic memories.  I work closely with my clients implementing EMDR therapy, focusing on treating the emotions and symptoms that are a direct result of the trauma.

If you suffer from symptoms caused by trauma – such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and/or substance abuse – please call me for a free 15-minute consultation. We can have a short discussion on the problems and symptoms along with techniques I would implement to help you deal with these feelings.   EMDR could be a great fit for you and help you release these feelings that have hindered you and allow you to start living your best life!







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