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More than 70% of all adults experience some form of trauma in their lives. This makes trauma a very popular issue.
Understanding the types of trauma, causes, and treatment methods are, therefore, important.
Traumas are emotional responses to psychological or stressful events. Examples of such events could be war, sexual assaults, accidents, or the horrific death of a loved one.
People who go through traumatic experiences may feel shocked, overwhelmed, hopeless, worthless, or confused.
They will be emotionally unstable and also have some physical symptoms.
Trauma disorders refer to a prolonged period of persistent symptoms of trauma. The prolonged period could be months or years.
People who suffer from trauma disorders have a disrupted state of mind. Their daily activities will also be disrupted.
The set of symptoms can vary depending on the traumatic experience and type of trauma.
This is an indirect trauma. People who suffer from this trauma get it from the trauma of a close friend or family member. In other words, they do not experience this trauma directly. Instead, it comes from the experiences of others.
People who suffer from acute trauma usually have gone through a single traumatic event. Their symptoms usually do not last as long as PTSD.
This is the most common type of trauma disorder in the world. It affects more than 12 million Americans yearly.
This disorder can begin after one or more traumatic events. Sometimes, symptoms take a while to develop. This can be weeks or months.
Some symptoms that are peculiar to PTSD are
People who suffer from complex trauma disorder have gone through multiple traumatic events. These events may have their roots in child abuse or bullying.
They might have symptoms such as low self-esteem and problems creating emotional bonds.
This disorder is mostly associated with children. People who suffer from this disorder struggle to form attachments with their guardians.
Symptoms of RAD can include withdrawal, lack of emotional response, and low self-esteem.
Gender– Men are more likely to have traumatic disorders. However, certain types of disorders are more prevalent in women such as PTSD. Women are specifically exposed to traumatic experiences such as childbirth.
War Veterans/Soldiers– People who have engaged in war and violence are more likely to have trauma disorders
Child Abuse History– People who suffered from child abuse and bullying have a greater chance of having a traumatic disorder
Accidents– People who have been involved in fatal or serious accidents.
Children are vulnerable to traumatic experiences. This can alter their development.
When a child goes through trauma, their hormones and bodies are heightened. This can lead to issues in the brain. It can also lead to bigger problems in adulthood.
If you feel your child has experienced a traumatic event, contact your doctor for more assistance.
Treatment for trauma disorders varies depending on their severity. They include
Medications can help manage the symptoms that come with trauma disorders. However, medications alone do not cure trauma disorders.
Contact your doctor to know more about your required medication.
This is the most common treatment for trauma disorders. Some recommended therapies include
Selfcare remedies include
There is no definitive cure for trauma disorders. However, symptoms can fade or be managed through treatment.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms. The earlier you do this, the better.
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Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.
Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.
I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.