Have you been unable to let go of a past traumatic experience? Do flashbacks make you feel as if you are living through it all over again? Are you avoiding any situation that could remind you of a distressing event?
After going through an upsetting ordeal, you may feel like your life has not been the same. While many people may have told you that time heals all wounds, some scars from the past don’t always fade away.
Perhaps you were the victim of sexual, domestic, or mental abuse and you now have a hard time trusting anyone. Or maybe you were involved in a car accident that has left you with a debilitating fear of driving. Even though you are an adult now, you may still be suffering the consequences of a traumatic experience from your childhood. While your mind bogs you down with memories of trauma, you may notice that your heart rate increases, and the muscles in your body tense up. As your thoughts race in your mind, the fear and pit in your stomach only seem to grow stronger by the minute.
You could be experiencing nightmares, sleeping too much, or not enough. As you grapple with trying to process your painful memories, you may notice changes in your appetite. And although you love your family and friends, you may find yourself withdrawing from your support systems.
No matter how hard you try, it probably feels like you will always be haunted by your past. While you may think that change is impossible, treatment for trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can help you heal old scars and develop a brighter future.