Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

 

Trauma doesn’t always result from dramatic events such as an attack or war.  By its very definition it is an emotional reaction of intense stress and distress that feels like it overwhelms our ability to cope. It can result from a single traumatic event, or many events over time, sometimes weeks, years or even decades. And the reaction to it is unique to every individual and to different experiences.

The DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) notes that trauma stems from a direct personal experience of an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury, or witnessing or learning of such an event, experienced by a person one is close to. Abusive relationships, assault, bullying, and childhood trauma are some examples that often lead to PTSD. Some people find that the traumatic emotions fade naturally with time, but when they continue to remain and give rise to difficulties with sleep, relationships or chronic depression and anxiety, it is best to seek help.

Identifying the signs and symptoms of trauma

As we are all unique, the symptoms will vary in intensity and type for each individual.  Generally speaking, trauma symptoms may include:

  • Flashbacks

  • Generalised anxiety

  • Difficulty feeling relaxed and content

  • Insomnia and nightmares

  • Panic attacks

  • Emotional detachment and dissociation so that others may describe a person as numb or distant

  • Low confidence

  • Avoidance of emotions through substances such as alcohol or marijuana

  • Depression.

 

As you can see, trauma can leave a person with severe and longstanding symptoms that can significantly and sadly influence quality of life.

 

There is help for people affected by trauma!  This may entail debriefing and PTSD prevention shortly after a traumatic event, to treating recent or old and even repressed traumatic memories that still impact. Our caring psychologists offer trauma counselling and treatment for PTSD in a safe environment at our lovely private practice.

Our highly trained psychologists all have an interest in trauma therapy and will utilise evidence-based treatment options such as Eye Movement Desensitisation (EMDR), Trauma Processing, Reframing, Emotional Regulation and rebuilding a strong and sturdy sense of self.

 

Getting in touch to access the help you need

If you’re ready to reach out to the Kensington Psychology team for trauma counselling services in the Adelaide and Norwood area, please get in touch by calling us on (08) 7006 5225.

If you’re having suicidal thoughts or abusing medication or other substances, please don’t delay. If the matter is urgent, please contact your GP or a helpline immediately.

 Kensington Psychology & Well-Being.   
82 Shipsters Road, Kensington Park, Adelaide. 
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