What defines trauma?
Trauma can occur in different ways. The first way is where a person experiences a terrible situation first hand, and the second is where a person witnesses or hears about a terrible situation from someone they know. Events like natural disasters, rape, robbery and accidents can all produce trauma in people who experience them or even hear about them. Emergency service workers and people who have helped at the scene of these events can also experience trauma as a result.
Symptoms of trauma include: being on edge, avoiding reminders of the event, reliving vivid memories of the event, as well as physical conditions such as stress, nausea and anxiety.
A person who has experienced a traumatic event may feel like they have ‘gotten over’ it, until they are in a situation which randomly or otherwise triggers a reminder and takes them back to the event.
If you feel the consequences of trauma are adversely impacting your life, the psychologists at Aspire Health & Psychology in Newport Victoria, may be able to help.
They use a variety of psychological therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to assist their clients and deliver better health outcomes.