Traumatic events can produce profound issues, both physical and emotional, that may seem disconnected from the trauma itself. Additionally, sustained stressful situations can change how the brain and body react, lowering the capacity to handle daily stress. A trauma reaction can come from being stuck in a bad or helpless situation over a period of time. This often referred to as complex trauma.
Healing takes time. Memories, negative emotions, and bodily sensations related to a traumatic event or chronic stressful situation can linger. Symptoms tend to include:
- Shutting down
- Heightened sensitivity
- Unexplained physical pains
- Feeling numb or disconnected
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Difficulty with focus and concentration
- Night terrors
- Excessive anger or rage
- Elevated startle reflex
Therapy can teach you to identify your physical and emotional reactions to stress, help you gain coping skills to better manage the meaning you make, and the body awareness necessary to help you calm down and get back on track. It takes special training to treat trauma. I am a trained Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.