Trauma ~ PTSD Recovery
Trauma can be a single event or frequently is a series of traumatic events that are repeated over time, causing an individual to become overwhelmed with painful and frightening emotions.
Trauma survivors may have experienced childhood trauma in the form of an abusive parent or loved one. This type of abusive trauma may take the form of demanding, demeaning verbal attacks or physical or sexual abuse.
No matter what the type of childhood trauma, the negative impact on survivors is deep and lasting. Just as two people may not experience an event in the same way, no two people react to a stressful, traumatic event in the same way. While one person may find the ability to cope with a traumatic event, another may be unable to deal with the traumatic experiences.
What are the Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
When a person is unable to deal with traumatic events, he or she will often feel isolated and struggle with ever-present feelings of worry, fear and worthlessness. Trauma sufferers often have difficulty in relationships and in dealing with emotional challenges, as well as low self-esteem due to the traumatic experiences.
Trauma victims are haunted by memories that feel completely real and can cause the survivors to become silent sufferers who believe that their lives are destined to repeat past events. Experiences in a person’s life can trigger recurring experiences of the original trauma, which makes healing from the original trauma an extremely important goal. It is also common for trauma survivors to have issues with drug addiction, alcohol addiction or and eating disorders as they attempt to cope with the original issues and associated painful feelings.