It is an unfortunate and troubling fact, that most people will experience some form of trauma and stress in their lifetime. This experience might come in the form of a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster. Even relationship, and financial and workplace stressors.
While some people can recover from exposure to traumatic &/or stressful events over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency. Others might discover that the effects of being exposed to traumatic &/or stressful events cause them to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed.
If you find yourself struggling with the effects of the exposure to traumatic &/or stressful events no matter how big or small, the help of a qualified mental health professional becomes necessary in order to navigate through the darkness of the traumatic/stressful event and emerge with a greater sense of strength.
Trauma & Stressor-Related Symptoms
There are many types of Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders listed in the DSM-5-TR. Listed below are some of the common symptoms
Avoidance Symptoms– You might notice that you are doing the following:
- Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
- Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt
Re-experiencing Symptoms– You might notice that you are experiencing:
- Intrusive thoughts, nightmares, or flashbacks
Hyperarousal Symptoms-You might also notice that you are experiencing any of the following:
- Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
- Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
- Sleep disturbances
Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms-You might also notice any of the following changes:
- Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
- Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
- Change in habits or behavior since the trauma
Regardless of the severity of your symptoms, with treatment from EmPower Me Holistic Counseling, you will be guided through the darkness of that life event into a life that is bright and full of possibilities.
If you or someone you know matches any of the trauma/stressor symptoms listed above, it can be helped, and you are invited to contact us today for a consultation.