Not everyone who has been through a traumatic event will develop a mental health problem. Two or more persons can survive a traumatic event, with one developing a trauma disorder and the other appearing unaffected.
While there are no definitive explanations for why this occurs, trauma patients share several risk factors. Having another mental illness, having suffered previous trauma, abusing alcohol or drugs, and not having a solid support system are all risk factors.
To treat mental health conditions induced by trauma, a mix of medication and treatments are usually suggested. Antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and counseling from a competent mental health practitioner are frequently utilized in treatment. Behavioral therapies, such as the ones listed below, will be used by your therapist:
- Because the purpose of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is to modify your thinking, which will change the way you behave or react, the American Psychological Association endorses it as a treatment for PTSD. Negative thoughts are replaced with healthier, more realistic ones through cognitive processing.
- EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a treatment that a trained EMDR therapist administers. With the help of your therapist, you will be able to reduce the vividness of the trauma and disassociate the emotions linked with it.
- The Trauma Resilience Model of treatment teaches you how to cope with difficult situations in new ways. You don’t have to keep repeating the bad emotional loop that leads to adverse action.
- The Post-Induction Therapy Model is a one-of-a-kind treatment for those who have experienced childhood traumas and are now suffering from co-dependency or other attachment disorders. Some tragedies hamper our emotional growth. While the body matures, emotions remain stuck at the trauma’s age. You can process your trauma and acquire emotional maturity rapidly with this therapy.
- Written Exposure Therapy is a relatively recent treatment in which a therapist offers you explicit instructions on how to write about your experience. You will also be directed to write about your feelings and thoughts about the trauma.