Trauma comes in many forms and different people react differently but most people who experience a traumatic event will recover in time with the help of family and friends and will not experience any long-term problems. If problems do develop, it could happen immediately after the event or later, sometimes even years later.
A traumatic event is usually defined as an experience which is life threatening, or where there is a significant threat to one's physical or psychological wellbeing. The same event can affect people differently, and the impact may be related to the person's mental and physical health, the level of available support at the time of the event as well as past experiences and coping skills.
Situations and events that can lead a person to experience psychological trauma include:
- Acts of violence such as an armed robbery, war or terrorism
- Natural disasters such as bushfire, earthquake or floods
- Interpersonal violence such as rape, child abuse, or suicide of a family member or friend
- Involvement in a serious motor vehicle or workplace accident.
In a large number of cases, the effects of the trauma will reduce within a few weeks of the event but you should seek professional assistance if the symptoms resulting from the trauma are too distressing or last for more than a couple of weeks.
Warning signs may include:
- Being unable to handle the intense feelings or physical sensations
- Feeling numb and empty
- Continuing to experience strong distressing emotions
- Continuing to have physical symptoms of being tense, agitated, on edge
- Continuing to have disturbed sleep and/or nightmares
- Having no-one to support you and with whom you can share your feelings
- Having relationship problems with friends, family and colleagues
- Increasing your use of alcohol or drugs.
NECS can help you overcome the trauma you have experienced. We provide trauma therapy at £40 per 50-minute session from our premises in central Gateshead.