Why Our Minds And Bodies Struggle To Heal From Trauma: Understanding The Roadblocks To Recovery
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can occur after a person has been through a traumatic event. It is a form of anxiety disorder in which the individual experiences intense fear, helplessness, and horror in response to a traumatic event. Symptoms often include flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, avoidance of reminders of the event, and emotional numbing. PTSD can impact a person’s life in a variety of ways, including difficulty in relationships, work, and daily activities.
What Causes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
PTSD can be caused by a variety of traumatic events, such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, sexual assault, war, motor vehicle accidents, or other life-threatening events. It is important to note that not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD. However, some individuals may be more susceptible to developing PTSD, due to genetic factors, prior trauma, or other environmental factors.
Signs and Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The signs and symptoms of PTSD can vary in intensity and duration, and can include the following:
- Re-experiencing: Intrusive memories, flashbacks, and nightmares of the traumatic event.
- Avoidance: Avoidance of people, places, or activities that remind the person of the traumatic event.
- Negative thoughts and feelings: Feelings of guilt, shame, fear, anger, loneliness, and sadness.
- Hyperarousal: Difficulties sleeping, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and outbursts of anger.
How Can I Heal From Trauma?
Healing from trauma can be a long and difficult process, but it is possible. It is important to remember that healing is a journey, and that it takes time. Here are some tips to help you on your healing journey:
1. Connect with Others
Connecting with supportive friends and family members can be a great source of comfort and strength during the healing process. Being able to share your feelings with someone who is understanding and non-judgemental can help you to feel less alone in your experience. It is also important to seek professional help if needed.
2. Take Care of Yourself
It is important to take care of your physical and emotional needs in order to facilitate the healing process. Make sure to get enough rest and nourishment, and to engage in activities that bring you joy. This can be anything from going for a walk, to listening to music, to reading a book.
3. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a practice of being present in the moment and focusing on your thoughts and feelings without judgement. Mindfulness can help to reduce anxiety, improve concentration, and increase awareness of your thoughts and emotions.
4. Talk to a Professional
Talking to a therapist or counsellor can be a great way to process your thoughts and feelings. A therapist can help to provide insight, guidance, and support on your healing journey.
Healing from trauma is a difficult, but possible process. It is important to remember to take care of yourself emotionally and physically, connect with supportive people, practice mindfulness, and to seek professional help if needed. With the right tools and support, you can begin the healing process and move forward in your life.