What are Trauma Disorders?

Trauma disorders are mental disorders that are related to a traumatic experience or very stressful event. It occurs in those people who develop a mental health condition and can trace there trauma disorder directly to a situation as a cause. Not everyone who experiences a great deal of trauma will develop a mental health condition. It is important to seek treatment if you find yourself suffering from symptoms such as recurring flashbacks, avoidance or block in memories of the event, nightmares and high levels of anxiety which continue for more than a month after the traumatic event. If not treated, trauma disorders can lead to serious complications ranging from social problems to depression to suicide.

Types of Trauma Disorders

  1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  2. Acute Stress Disorder (ASD)
  3. Adjustment Disorders
  4. Childhood Trauma Disorders

Trauma Disorder Symptoms

  • Flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, & nightmares
  • Suicidal thoughts & behaviors
  • Depression and feelings of helplessness
  • Intense anxiety & fear
  • Feeling a loss of control
  • Distant from friends & family
  • Numb to emotions & difficulty feeling happy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Angry or violent outbursts
  • Impulsiveness
  • Extreme startle response (On edge at all times)

Treatment for Trauma Disorders

Our mental health professionals provide treatment that will help patients find a way to cope with trauma they are experiencing and begin to live a happier and more productive life. We offer therapy that will focus on the trauma such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Patients will learn how to manage their triggers, negative emotions, and unhelpful responses through this therapy method. There is also exposure therapy where patients can face their trauma or bad memories in a safe environment with support and guidance from our experts. Facing what is haunting you and finding effective ways to deal with them in a healthy and positive manner will heal the trauma.

It is also important to get support from loved ones, become dedicated to overcoming bad memories, and create positive lifestyle changes.