Trauma can feel paralyzing, scary, and shaming. Thankfully, you do not have to deal with this alone. Treatment for trauma can help you navigate and manage your symptoms so that you don’t have to feel like you’re constantly stuck in fight, flight, or freeze mode all the time.
Trauma often shows up as excessive shame, hypervigilance, fearfulness, feeling out of control, or even outside of your own body looking in.
There are big traumas and little traumas, both of which have a major impact on our central nervous system and our ability to navigate life. Think about your nervous system as a TSA agent at an airport, constantly scanning for danger.
Trauma symptoms can manifest in a lot of different ways, and sometimes we don’t even realize that we’re struggling with them to begin with.
There are several different types of trauma including acute or one-time events, chronic or multiple traumas over an extended period of time, complex trauma or multiple trauma experiences, and PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder.
We can often overlook childhood trauma as trauma because it’s not easy to single out. Feeling isolated, abandoned, emotionally neglected and abused, living with a parent with serious mental illness, and experiencing separation and divorce are all considered trauma experiences.
Common physical symptoms of trauma include sweaty palms, feeling your heart race, upset stomach, tightness in your chest, headaches, insomnia, rapid breathing, being startled easily, and trembling or shaking.
There are also psychological and emotional symptoms of trauma that show up as shock, denial, disbelief, confusion, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, anger, withdrawing from others, feeling disconnected or numb, guilt, shame, nightmares, and self-blame.
If you are struggling with any of the symptoms listed above, know that you are not alone. Research shows that over 70% of the adult population has experienced a traumatic event at least once in life.
Treatment for trauma is highly manageable with the right support system and tool kit. Therapy for trauma means that you’ll work with someone highly trained in reducing and minimizing the symptoms of trauma as well as assisting you with relaxation techniques to make life feel more in control.
All of our Asheville-based therapists specialize in supporting people who experience trauma symptoms and help with reducing and even eliminating these struggles.
Our mental health clinicians work throughout the entire state of North Carolina over telehealth or online therapy. Don’t let trauma dictate your life and prevent you from thriving. Reach out today to one of our trauma therapists to support you as a team.
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