Trauma can happen to anybody at any time. It may be happening in the present, or happened in the recent past or further back in childhood.
It may be a one off event (like a car accident, fire, assault) or be persistant over a period of time or on-going (domestic violence, abuse).
Post-traumatic stress symptoms are normal after a traumatic event; these may include feeling 'jumpy', on edge, upset, having images of the
event, fearing that something bad will happen and avoiding going out. In the early days it is best to seek support from people you know and talk
about what has happened to process the event.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that may develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. A diagnosis may be
given when a group of symptoms such as disturbing flashbacks and recurring distressing memories, numbing and avoidance behaviours and high
anxiety levels such as feeling constantly 'on alert' continue for more than one month after the event. These symptoms may emerge months or
sometimes years after a traumatic event, and can affect your ability to lead your life as you would like to.
Trauma therapy understands specific trauma symptoms and is a staged approach:
- Education on trauma, the brain and body responses; so that you understand what is happening to you and why
- Techniques to cope with flashbacks, avoidance and high anxiety; to help you stabilise yourself and manage your symptoms
- Help you to process the trauma memory in a safe and controlled way