We experience trauma when faced with any unexpected event or experience that is shocking or emotionally threatening. Examples of traumatic events include accidents, war, natural disasters, terrorism, or shootings. But trauma can also be more subtle. Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can be highly traumatic. Watching a loved one die, or being involved with a divorce, can also be traumatic. Victims of bullying or stalking can experience trauma as well.
After experiencing trauma, you may feel numb, have flashbacks or nightmares, and you may experience panic attacks. If you were young when the trauma happened, you might not have been given space or guidance to process the trauma. Untreated trauma-related anxiety or PTSD can last for years.
However, whether you experienced trauma recently or decades ago, there is hope. Time may heal some wounds, but a qualified, licensed therapist trained in treating trauma can help you work through some of these unresolved issues and decrease the incidence of trauma-related symptoms. There are also a host of trauma support groups where you’ll meet others who have dealt with similar issues and can offer their knowledge and support.