These emotions are tough to fight against and it may take a while to realize that you are dealing with trauma. Some symptoms of PTSD and trauma can include:
- Nightmares/ insomnia
- Difficulty concentrating
The first step to coping with trauma is to recognize that you are dealing with it. Speaking with a therapist to get an official diagnosis may help to gain some relief and can validate your feelings. Though, being diagnosed with PTSD can be frightening at first, receiving an official diagnosis will allow you to better manage your symptoms as you will be able to seek out resources specific to people dealing with trauma. Recovering from any mental illness is tough but knowing that PTSD is manageable and that there are options to help you take control of your symptoms is key.
One of the main treatments of PTSD is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a treatment that focuses on reshaping thoughts and behaviors. CBT addresses PTSD by facing certain memories and the associated emotions head-on. By taking a deep look at the trauma that was experienced, the impact it has had on your life, and the facts of the situation, you will be able to understand the way you think about your trauma more clearly.
If you are uncomfortable talking about your trauma with a professional, there are other strategies of self-help that can help you to manage your symptoms. Some coping strategies to calm yourself can include:
- Meditating- focus on your breath and body instead of thoughts
- Exercising- burn off some steam and release endorphins
- Reducing stress- try reading or picking up another hobby
- Getting enough sleep- go to bed around the same time each day
- Avoiding drugs and alcohol- stay away from unhealthy mechanisms that can worsen symptoms
Recovering from trauma is not easy and can become overwhelming but if you ask for support and make proactive changes you will only become stronger!
Robinson, Lawrence. “Emotional and Psychological Trauma.” HelpGuide.org, www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/coping-with-emotional-and-psychological-trauma.htm.