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Emotional Trauma

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Trauma can be an individual event or multiple events over months or years. How a person processes trauma is individual, and other factors come into play, such as childhood experiences, personality, and the nature of the traumatic experience.

Trauma can be but isn't limited to:

  • Childhood neglect, abuse, abandonment

  • Domestic abuse

  • Rape

  • Car accident

  • Natural disasters

  • Serious illness

  • Divorce

  • Bereavement

  • Childbirth

  • Bullying

  • Witnessing or hearing about a traumatic event, such as crime, death or accident.

  • Symptoms of trauma can be:

  • Hypervigilance

  • Hyperarousal

  • Feeling unsafe

  • Shock, denial, or disbelief.

  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating

  • Anger, irritability, mood swings

  • Anxiety and fear

  • Guilt, shame, self-blame

  • Withdrawing from others

  • Feeling sad or hopeless

  • Feeling disconnected or numb

These are all ways of the brain's natural response to trauma and processing it, but if the symptoms are prolonged (over 30 days, excluding grief), a diagnosis of PTS may be given.

Ongoing trauma, such as abuse within the home, can mean a diagnosis of Complex PTS. This is due to the nature of the trauma being long-lasting, multi-layered and repetitive.

EMDR and hypnotherapy can help free a person from trauma symptoms. Allowing the brain to process the experience and emotions surrounding it. Healing can start once the brain has started to process the trauma.

To find out more about my PTS/Trauma Programme, please book a free consultation.

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