If you’ve experienced trauma, you may be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger. Or you may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again. But with the right self-help strategies and counseling, you can speed your recovery. Whether the trauma happened years ago or yesterday, you can heal and move on.
If your traumatic stress reaction is so intense and persistent that it’s getting in the way of your ability to function, you may need help from a counselor.
Traumatic stress warning signs
It’s been a long time and you’re not feeling any better
You’ve having trouble functioning at home and work
You’re experiencing terrifying memories, nightmares, or flashbacks
You’re having an increasingly difficult time connecting and relating to others
You’re experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings
You’re avoiding more and more things that remind you of the disaster or traumatic event
Healing from traumatic stress will change your life and help you realize your own strengths and resiliency. Counseling will help apply those strengths to new goals and a sense of purpose.
“We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.” –Winston Churchill