How Trauma Treatment Heals the Mind and Body
Almost everyone experiences trauma at one point in their life; whether it be a car accident, physical abuse or heading off to war. Trauma often causes people to feel anxious, stressed and fearful for days, months or even years after their traumatic event. The most common case of trauma that lasts for years is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is a psychological condition that causes hallucinations, eating disorders, difficulty regulating emotions, nightmares, social phobia, inability to maintain stable relationships and suicidal thoughts. If PTSD is left untreated, it can lead to many negative effects on both mental and physical health, as well as damage relationships due to aggression and isolation. Trauma treatment can help heal the mind and body in order for those who suffer from trauma symptoms to overcome their fears, anxieties and stress and live a healthy and happy life.
Recognizing Symptoms of Trauma
According to PTSD United, there are four different kinds of symptoms, including:
- Re-experiencing symptoms:These symptoms are characterized by flashbacks, bad dreams and frightening thoughts. They negatively affect the ability to complete or participate in everyday activities
- Avoidance symptoms: People who experience avoidance symptoms stay away from places or objects that remind them of their traumatic experience. They also try to avoid thoughts and feelings that are related to the event.
- Arousal and reactivity symptoms: Constantly feeling stressed and angry are characteristics of the arousal and reactivity symptoms. They do not need to be triggered, these are feelings that just occur at all times. People feel tense, have difficulty sleeping or are easily startled.
- Cognition and mood symptoms: These symptoms begin or become worse after the experience. They are characterized by trouble remembering, negative thoughts, feelings of guilt and loss of interest.
As mentioned above, when trauma is left untreated it will also lead to hallucinations, eating disorders, difficulty regulating emotions, nightmares, social phobia, inability to maintain stable relationships and suicidal thoughts. The most effective remedy for trauma related disorders is to receive trauma treatment at a reputable facility that will offer a wide variety of program options in order to meet the needs of each patient’s unique and specific needs.
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What to Expect During Trauma Treatment
Before even being admitted into a treatment program, it is important to find the best one that is capable of treating each condition patients may be suffering from. The best trauma treatment programs are accredited and staffed by the experienced professionals. The staff should be able to provide certification upon request and must be board-certified and licensed.
Once potential patients have found a trauma treatment program that meets their needs, they will be thoroughly assessed both mentally and physically in order for the staff to determine every condition they may be suffering from. As mentioned above, trauma causes many mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety; therefore, a mental evaluation will be given in order to diagnose those additional disorders. The symptoms the medical professionals look for include:
- Feelings of inappropriate guilt or worthlessness
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Changes in appetite, accompanied by either significant weight gain or loss
- Suicidal thoughts, intent or behavior
- Aches, pains and headaches
- Psychomotor or retardation
- Difficulty thinking or concentrating
- Feeling on edge
- Easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating
- Blank mind
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty controlling worry
- Sleep problems
These symptoms, accompanied by the symptoms of trauma disorders can seriously impact mental and physical health. Additionally, they can lead to self-medication which leads to overdose and in some cases, death. Most people who suffer from trauma and other mental health disorders turn to self-medication rather than seek help because prescription drugs work faster to ease their symptoms and are easier to get. Although prescription drugs can ease the symptoms, they only temporarily mask them and increase the chances of developing an addiction. The only way to properly treat trauma is through a trauma treatment program which involves a combination of traditional and experiential therapies.
Traditional therapies teach patients how to recognize their maladaptive behaviors and replace them with positive coping mechanisms. The experiential therapies are designed for patients to connect to their innermost psyche in order for them to uncover their subconscious issues that contribute to their trauma disorder. Every therapy and aspect of trauma treatment are designed to teach patients the necessary skills to cope with their anxieties and stress in a safe and positive manner.