Often times, people encounter mind-damaging experiences. When something like this happens, the mind has to react. Trauma is the how the mind reacts to these experiences. If you have been exposed to stressful events or a damaging experience, it’s very possible that you develop anxiety, numbness, anger, and recovered memories. These feelings are developed as a result of the mind trying to cope with such experience. It becomes a problem when you these feelings and emotions begin to interfere with your day to day activities. Trauma is characterized by stress, painful thoughts and a recurrence of emotions that were incited by that experience.
Typically, Trauma can be caused by:
- Natural Disasters
- Near-death Experiences
- Abuse (physical or sexual)
- Loss of a loved one, and so on
Incidents that lead to trauma are usually distinguished by the fact that they happen unexpectedly and probably repeatedly. It is possible for anybody to experience trauma, but there are some things that make some people more vulnerable; childhood trauma, stress load, losses and previous trauma can all predispose a person to trauma.
Symptoms of Trauma
There are different ways in which the human body reacts to traumatic experiences; physical or emotional reactions. Trauma is further complicated when the victim doesn’t respond well to the symptoms. Symptoms of Trauma can either be emotional or physical.
Some physical symptoms of trauma:
- Body Aches
- Tension in the muscles
- Frequent fatigue
Emotional symptoms of trauma
- Inability to concentrate
- Mood swings
- Withdrawal from people
Most people who suffer trauma go through a grieving process- similar to people who have suffered the loss of a close relative. The most important thing is not to keep to one’s self. If you are going through something, open up to friends and family. There is a lot you can do to deal with trauma, without having to go through therapy (although it might be necessary in severe cases). Dealing with trauma requires a certain level of determination on the part of the victim, however, some of the things that can aid trauma recovery include:
Engage yourself physically
Trauma affects the natural body setting, leaving you in a state where you will be unable to function properly. Exercising will help keep you from negative thoughts and emotions and also, it will help you regain normal function of your nervous system.
Interact with People
You should never isolate yourself if you have just experienced trauma. It’s is normal to feel like withdrawing from the company of people; make sure you never do that. You don’t have to necessarily talk about your trauma, just interact with people. You can participate in social events and you can even join a trauma support group.
There are several things you can do to actively regulate your nervous system. Doing these things will help you do away with agitation and give you that greater sense of control. Some of the things you can do to calm yourself include: breath control, monitoring your sensory input, and physical exercise.
If you however discover that you are suffering from severe symptoms of trauma, you can go ahead and talk to a therapist or a medical doctor with enough experience in dealing with trauma patients.