At some point, most people will experience a traumatic event in their life. That can include any distressing or disturbing life experience that adversely affects an individual’s wellbeing. And though PTSD is most commonly associated with veterans or sexual assault victims, anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or economic status, can feel the effects of trauma.
Anyone who has ever had a traumatic experience knows that while families can be a source of strength, they never seem to really understand the full impact of trauma. It’s just too hard for the outside world to understand someone else’s pain unless they have gone through it themselves. And even with an empathetic support network, it’s possible to feel isolated and alone.
Unable to relax, it is hard not to feel triggered by your surroundings. Even similar smells or sounds can transport your mind back in time to a place you really don’t care to revisit. And when flashbacks force you to relive the memory, it feels like it is happening all over again.
When the trauma is so fresh in your mind, turning to substances or unhealthy coping mechanisms seems easy. Just wanting to forget the pain, it is common to mask the memory with distractions that seem like they will make everything better only to realize that the same problems are still there.
Unfortunately, when you don’t receive treatment for trauma, it can have detrimental consequences on your mental and physical well-being. Not wanting to face trauma and avoiding any discussion of it is common given the debilitating effects it can have on your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Trying to navigate a situation that feels like it shattered you into a million pieces is hard enough. But learning to pick up the broken fragments and piece them back together can seem impossible.
Fortunately, you don’t have to struggle through this alone. Working with a PTSD counselor can help you heal and transform your fractured sense of wholeness into something better than you ever thought possible.