Trauma impacts a person’s physiological, emotional, physical and mental health. Not all traumatic experiences are the same, and there are different treatment strategies for the various types. These strategies help people regain balance in their life.
Acute trauma is often associated with a single event: a car accident, theft, witnessing a violent event or any experience that threatens physical or emotional safety.
A person reacting to acute trauma may demonstrate any of the following symptoms:
Any of these problems can stem from a traumatic experience.
For a person suffering from acute trauma, there are several treatment strategies including the following:
With help anyone can overcome the damage of acute trauma.
Unlike acute trauma, chronic incidents reoccur over and over and may include the following situations:
The word chronic means ongoing, so it refers to trauma that happens repeatedly. Survivors of this kind off trauma may require much more treatment as the pain lasts much longer.
Unlike those of acute trauma, the symptoms of chronic trauma may keep survivors trapped for an extended amount of time. Living with a chronic trauma requires that a person take any of the following actions:
Because these strategies are reactive and defensive, a person suffering from chronic trauma may experience any of the following problems:
If you recognize any of these symptoms in someone who has survived chronic trauma, behavioral problems may soon develop.
When a person does not receive treatment to deal with chronic trauma, he may demonstrate any of the following behaviors:
Anyone who suffers from trauma can recover, and we can help.
If you or a loved one suffer from trauma, it is important to try a variety of treatment methods to recover. If you are struggling with a past hurt, or if you are battling an existing relationship between alcohol and drugs, please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about counseling and trauma. We are here to help.