Trauma is the result of an event or situation that threatens your safety or security and can leave you feeling helpless and overwhelmed.
Trauma can occur from:
We can feel trauma in different ways.
Emotional symptoms may include:
Physical symptoms may include:
PTSD results from being part of or witnessing a traumatic event. However, not everyone who has experienced trauma will develop PTSD. PTSD can develop immediately after a trauma or may take a few weeks but is usually present within the first six months following a trauma.
Symptoms of PTSD include:
Therapy can offer you a space to heal and process the trauma you have experienced. Some therapies will focus on ways of managing and reducing your symptoms so that you are able to function in your daily life. Other therapies may look at the emotional impact the trauma has had on you and how your life has changed from this event. Life after a trauma can be difficult and may not be the same as it once was, but therapy can help you find a way of living in spite of what you have been through.