Trauma is an emotional response to an event that a person finds highly stressful. Examples include being in a war zone, a natural disaster, an accident, or emotional or sexual abuse. Trauma can cause a wide range of emotional reactions that include flashbacks, strained relationships, unpredictable emotions, and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. Not everyone who experiences a stressful event will develop trauma, but we are here to help find the answers you are seeking for the care that you deserve.
Symptoms of Psychological Trauma:
Symptoms may include:
- Confusion or difficulty concentrating
- Anger, irritability and mood swings
- Anxiety and fear
- Guilt or shame
- Withdrawing from others
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Feeling disconnected or ‘numb’
There are three main types of Trauma: Acute, Chronic, or Complex
- Acute trauma: Results from a single incident
- Chronic trauma is repeated and prolonged such as domestic violence or abuse
- Complex trauma is exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, and interpersonal nature
Several treatments can help people with trauma cope with their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Medications alone cannot cure trauma or PTSD, but they can help a person manage symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances. Therapy is a first-line treatment for trauma. Ideally, you will work with a trauma-informed therapist who can collaborate with your MHP care team for ultimate patient success. If you do not already have a therapist that you regularly visit with, MHP’s Case Management team would love to assist in finding the right fit for you.
If you would like to learn more about how Mile High Psychiatry can assist in diagnosing and treating trauma, please request an appointment with our team to learn more!