Emotional distress after trauma is normal.
Give yourself time and space to get over it.
Allow friends and family to help.
If you are struggling, speak to a Doctor.
Traumatic events can come out of the blue. Accidents, illnesses, disasters, assault, combat, sexual, emotional, and physical abuse are all events which are potentially traumatic. We may feel like our world has been turned upside down. You may not understand at first that you have Post Traumatic Stress or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Feel on edge – worrying something is going to happen
- Be jumpy- easily startled
- You may have Panic Attacks
- Have difficulty sleeping – dreams and nightmares
- Have intrusive memories – thoughts and flashbacks, triggered by sights, smells and sounds
- Feel as if its happening again
- Feel overwhelmed
- Feel guilty and ashamed
- Feel over anxious
- Feel sad
- Become easily angry
- Feel detached and unable to have feelings and have withdrawn
- Have physical reactions
- Cope with drink and drugs
- Feel irritable, frustrated and angry if things do not work out as you want.
If you have any of the above symptoms, you maybe suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I would advise getting help.
I am trained in EMDR. This is Eye Movement, Desensitisation & Reprocessing bi-lateral stimulation allowing the brain to process information in a more helpful way. NICE has recommended this therapy for treatment of PTSD. (www.nice.org.uk) I combine this technique with integrative psychotherapy.
Old disturbing memories can be stored in the brain in isolation and they get locked into the nervous system. This distressing material can be triggered over and over again. This prevents healing from taking place. In another part of the brain, you already have most of the information you need to resolve this problem; the two just cannot connect. Once EMDR starts, a linking takes place. New information can come to mind and resolve the old problems. The eye movements help to process unconscious material and relief is found.