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Not sure if you have encountered a traumatic experience? We have some signs that can help you determine your diagnosis and act from there.
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Many of us have encountered some difficult situations and we tend to put it down as nothing more than that. However, sometimes these experiences can have a greater impact on us, leading to worrying cases of trauma.
Before we can decide whether we have stumbled upon a traumatic experience or not, we have to define trauma. If you find that you are traumatised, we’ve got the tips to help you kick it to the curb and regain your mental health.
The word trauma by definition is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.
According to ER24 and a trauma support team, a traumatic event is an incident that causes physical, emotional, spiritual or psychological harm. The person experiencing the distressing event may feel threatened, anxious or frightened as a result. The person will need support and time to recover from the traumatic event and regain emotional and mental stability.
Traumatic events include but are not limited to:
Dealing with a disturbing or traumatic event can sometimes be difficult. Traumatic events often overwhelm us and reduce our ability to cope with stress. Added to this is the unwanted attachment to our heart, reminding us of the traumatic incident or event and the accompanying responses. It is important to remember that everyone deals with and experiences trauma differently.
Signs and symptoms after trauma:
Strong feelings affect your physical health. In the weeks after a trauma, you may find that you have:
It takes time – weeks or months – to accept what has happened and to learn to live with it. You may need to grieve for what (or who) you have lost. Here are some tips that can lead to healing.
At times you may want to be alone or just with those close to you. Also try to do things which you normally enjoy, for instance; relax, go for walks or see friends.
Allow yourself think about the trauma and talk about it with others. Don’t worry if you cry when you talk; it’s natural and usually helpful. It is important to put words to your experience. Whether you write in a journal, talk to a good friend, or consult a therapist.
Even if you don’t feel much like eating, try to have regular meals and to eat a balanced diet. Taking some exercise can help – but start gently.
Be sure you’re getting the support you need, even if you have no major problems but feel that it might be a good idea to talk to someone, it’s better to put words to your experience. It’s a smart and responsible way to take care of yourself.