Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress
Many events can be described as
traumatic and can leave a strong lasting impression on the person who witnessed them or experienced them. If
someone experiences a sudden shocking event such as a car accident, an assault or natural disaster, they are
likely to have a period following the event in which they feel more vulnerable and anxious. This is a normal
reaction and over time, the anxiety and sense of extreme vulnerability usually diminishes.
Sometimes, however, the intense
feelings of fear and shock which were experienced during the event begin to occur in flashbacks sometimes months
and years after the event. You may suffer repeated distressing
memories or dreams associated with the event and may feel extremely anxious if you are exposed to things that
remind you of the event. Living with the anxiety of the recurring
anxious emotions can lead to other problems such as social withdrawal, sleeping problems, anger, and emotional
detachment from life.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be helpful in addressing trauma issues by providing a safe and secure base from
which you can begin to understand your triggers and manage your responses to reminders of the traumatic