Trauma comes in many forms. It can be caused by different types of experiences, such as an assault or a natural disaster.
Trauma can also be the result of an emotionally distressing experience, such as a break up or divorce. Losing a loved one can also be traumatic. Life is filled with a wide range of trauma. Everyone has their own unique response to a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.
If you have lived through or witnessed something like this, no wonder you have been shaken and have lasting effects. Your life may have been at risk. The experience you had may have impacted your personal image. You may have negative feelings about yourself or perhaps feelings of shame.
Trauma often leads to an emotional response that can impact your mental health. Commonly, people have an immediate response and then a delayed response to trauma. Both have their own, unique to you, mental, emotional, and physical symptoms. Some symptoms may hang on for quite a while. They may lead to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts (suicidal ideation), post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health conditions.
If you’ve had a traumatic experience that is causing you ongoing distress and having an impact on your daily life, please seriously consider asking for help. Trauma and mental health issues tend to go hand in hand. They can get in the way of you living a productive and fulfilling life. I can help you manage your traumatic memories and get on with living a healthy, fulfilling life. Together, we can explore how you made it through your trauma and how you want to rebuild your life. If you’re living with the shadow of trauma, no matter the traumatic event you experienced, you can recover.