Recovering From Trauma – 3 Important Steps

November 6th, 2013

Stress is a normal part of life. Paying bills, meeting deadlines, and handling conflict can be stressful. Being laid off or going through a divorce can be even more stressful. These stressful events, however, are not traumas. Traumas involve serious injury, physical violation, or death (or the threat of serious injury, physical violation, or death).

Many people who experience traumatic events recover without the aid of professional psychological support. However, some people do not. Some people experience lingering effects of trauma, such as nightmares, irritability, emotional numbness, and avoidance of trauma reminders.

For people who have lingering symptoms following a traumatic event, an important first step is achieving stability – stable life circumstances, stable mood, and effective coping skills. Once stability is achieved (and this can be a prolonged process), the next step is working through the issues resulting from the trauma, such as anxiety, guilt, and thinking that the world is unsafe. A third step is living a full life – building relationships, contributing within your community, and making healthy choices.

If you know someone dealing with negative reactions to a trauma, please support him or her in getting help.


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