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Trauma disorders are mental health conditions that are caused by traumatic experiences. Trauma disorders can happen as a result of abuse, neglect, witnessing violence, losing a loved one, or being in a natural disaster. Trauma disorders cause extreme fear, anxiety, depression, outbursts, flashbacks, and other symptoms that can cause significant impairment. A trauma disorder also affects a person’s behaviors and may cause anger, violent outbursts, social withdrawal, loss of interest in activities, and many other negative repercussions, such as loss of work and relationships. Trauma disorders are manageable and can be overcome with consistent, professional treatment.

Types of Trauma Disorders

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

Some of the symptoms of trauma disorders may include,

  • Flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, nightmares
  • Avoiding any reminders of trauma
  • Depression and hopelessness
  • Extreme anxiety and fear
  • A feeling of being overwhelmed
  • Loss of interest in once-enjoyed activities
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and social events
  • Emotional numbness and difficulty feeling pleasure
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lack of appetite
  • Angry or violent outbursts
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking
  • An exaggerated startle response, being on edge constantly
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Difficulty engaging with others or forming relationships
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors

While not all those who experiences trauma will develop a trauma disorder, there are risk factors that make some people more prone to trauma disorders.

  • Having another mental illness
  • Experiencing multiple stressful events at the same time
  • If trauma was experienced previously, especially in childhood
  • Misusing substances
  • Lacking good social support
  • A family history of mental illnesses of any type

What can you do if you’re suffering from trauma related disorder
Trauma disorders can be treated and symptoms managed with specific types of therapy along with medication. Our expert team including Amanda Roberts specialists in the treatment of recent traumatic/adverse events with ongoing traumatic stress. Therapy offered at Mount Vernon Counseling Center focuses 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.