• Flash backs
• Nightmares/Night terrors
• Being startled easily
• Avoiding people, places
and things associated with the memory
• Mood changes/shifts
• Poor Memory
• Anger outburst / Irritability
• Feelings of detachment
• Difficulty sleeping
• Intrusive/unwanted thoughts
Many people who experience any kind of trauma can develop PTSD, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). PTSD is when a person experiences the symptoms above, although symptoms can be more intense and longer lasting. However, just because someone experiences trauma does not necessarily mean this person will auto-matically develop PTSD as each individual is different.
The Memory That Keeps Giving
When you look up the term, trauma, the most common definition you will see is a psychological, emotional response, to an event or experience that is deeply distressing or disturbing. While this explains it in a nutshell, my experience and understanding have proven trauma to be much more than this description.
I’ve found two more definitions that I capture what trauma is in an even better way: The first one described trauma as, any experience in which an individual is ill-equipped to handle. The second description of trauma is anything not nurturing.
Healing From Your Past
Although I use a few different forms of therapy when dealing with trauma, I find that EMDR is extremely effective when implemented correctly. Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is one type of therapy that has shown significant improvements when recovering from trauma. To simplify the explanation of EMDR, one side of your brain is communicating with the other to help your brain see your trauma as not so traumatic and intimidating (desensitization). With a trained therapist like myself, I can help you to facilitate this profound type of healing.