Unresolved Trauma

Trauma can be described as an emotional response to an overwhelming and life altering event or events that have been experienced or witnessed. Traumatic events are determined entirely by the individual and the effects that the trauma has on the individual. Examples of traumatic events include, but are not limited to physical/emotional/sexual abuse, death of a loved one, diagnosis of a terminal illness, war/combat, car accident, witnessing a suicide, neglect, impaired caregiver, and forced separation. Trauma causes unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, stress on relationships and daily routines, and mental/physical illness. The effects of trauma can surface immediately following the event or can be delayed by months or even years, due to shock or denial. Disassociation with the memory of the event is a common defense mechanism, but the body and the nervous system is not able to disassociate, leaving the effects unavoidable. If trauma is left untreated it can have a negative impact on social, emotional, and physical development, causing mental illnesses, behavioral disorders, anxiety, depression, and addictions, among many others. It is also important to note that the effects of trauma can be passed from one generation to the next. This makes the need for recovery even greater, putting an emphasis on the well-being of those suffering, as well as those around the individual. Attaining self-peace and contentment ultimately affects everyone around you. Recovering from a trauma depends on the type of trauma experienced, the treatment obtained, the individual, and their environment. Seeking professional help to find a diagnosis and a treatment plan that works for you is for the first step. Telehealth has made seeking help so convenient, offering individuals the opportunity to attend appointments in the comfort of their own home via their phone or electronic device, as well as privacy.

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