At some point in life, some people will experience something traumatic. Maybe it will occur through the unexpected loss a loved one or as a result of a violent act. However trauma occurs, the effects of it can be deeply distressing.
According to recent studies, approximately 70% of American adults have experienced at least one traumatic event. Nearly 20% of that population has developed posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in response to that event. Along with PTSD, other mental health conditions can develop in the face of trauma, such as anxiety disorder and depression.
There is no limit to the types of events that can cause traumatizing effects on individuals, as people view and experience everything differently from one another. However, to obtain a better understanding of what events usually cause trauma, consider the following:
Other common types of traumatic events include combat, loss of a loved one, serious or long illness, neglect, abandonment, and emotional abuse.
When an individual has experienced trauma and finds it difficult, if not impossible, to overcome the emotional upset he or she is experiencing, he or she likely needs to be treated so that recovery can be possible.
Experiencing a traumatic event can be life-altering in ways that cause an individual to no longer feel like themselves. Our trauma recovery in West Virginia uses several types of trauma treatment that can promote healthy recovery for these individuals.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, also known as EMDR, is one of the most common forms of trauma treatment available. Used for all kinds of trauma victims, EMDR works to help individuals relieve themselves from the weight of their emotions surrounding their trauma by essentially rewiring the brain. While researchers still do not know exactly how EMDR works, they do know that by concentrating on a moving visual allows the brain to “unlock” and begin healing. During an EMDR session, for example, a therapist might use a panel of moving lights that an individual must focus on while thinking about the traumatic event. When the lights stop, the individual and the therapist can talk through his or her thoughts and begin unraveling them further by repeating this process.
Psychodynamic therapy works to help pinpoint where the individual is within his or her trauma. Upon determining this, the therapist will work with the individual to help him or her release whatever it is that is holding him or her back from moving forward. Some of the ways in which a therapist does this is by considering the individual’s personal background (including his or her childhood), uncovering the meaning of the trauma, and learning about what the traumatic event has cost the individual.
Often the most uncomfortable for those who are suffering from the effects of trauma, prolonged exposure works to help an individual regain control of the situation by being continuously exposed to aspects of it. This form of trauma treatment allows individuals to engage with their traumatic event as opposed to running from it. Upon engagement, the therapist can help the individual change the narrative surrounding the event.
Other forms of trauma recovery treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), hypnotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and group therapy.
Our trauma recovery in West Virginia can be broken down into three phases:
Traumatic events can be extremely painful to go through. In fact, many people have experienced more than one traumatic event in their lives, adding several layers to their recovery. However, regardless of what has traumatized you, there are options for you so that you can put your trauma in the past and move forward as a recovered, healthy individual.
At Harmony Ridge, we provide trauma treatment for those who a prepared to comb through their trauma in an effort to recover. We know just how demoralizing and distressing trauma can be, and to have to continue to live with these effects is nothing short of unfair.
If you are ready to address your trauma and begin a new journey, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We can help you through the process of our trauma recovery in West Virginia in ways that free you from the pain of those events so that you can live in peace.