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7. November, 2013|Blog, Uncategorized|No comments

Trauma is the result of how we react as a person, both mentally and physically, to a traumatic event(s)  that affects us socially, culturally, environmentally and biologically.   Trauma can affect people in different ways and what can be traumatic for one person may not be so for another.

The effect of trauma can be devastating as it becomes an integral part of a person, changing their perception of the world.  The impact of trauma results in persistent re-experience.  This can include:

  • Recurrent recollections of the event, both during the day and in dreams at night.
  • Flashbacks where the person feels they are reliving the traumatic experience.
  • Real distress when exposed to something that reminds the person of the event and the body closes down.

A person can refuse to accept that the trauma has taken place and adopt avoidance behaviour so as not to face up to it.  This can often result in the body reacting to the pent up feelings:

  • There is often anger and the person finds it hard to concentrate.
  • Sleep is affected and the person tends to withdraw more and more from normal life.

It is hard to overcome a traumatic event(s) when it has had such an impact on a person.  Some want to talk in detail and work through it to acknowledge that it happened and that they have survived it.  Others find this is too painful and need to find ways of accepting the trauma has occurred and how to slowly come to terms with it to relieve the suffering they are experiencing.

 

 

The views here are the author’s and are intended for general guidance only