Psychological Trauma is the effect of a devastating emotional or physical experience on the psychological stability of a person. Such events may involve physical changes inside the brain and to brain chemistry, which disturb the person’s ability to adequately cope with stress. This can be as a result of a traumatic event. Trauma can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or an ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred, or was threatening to you or someone close to you. Traumatic events include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, military combat, witnessing a violent or alarming event, or some illness or attack that appears life threatening or frightening. Those who are seriously affected by an event or witnessing an event, and who do not receive treatment, may go on to develop a condition known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). To avoid this, counseling will take place soon after the traumatic event, ideally within three or four weeks, to allow the individual to express and understand the emotions experienced.
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The symptoms of PTSD usually develop within three months of a traumatic event, although they can take up to a year to appear and must persist for at least a month for it to be diagnosed. People with PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal, (like flashbacks), and may feel emotionally numb, especially with people they were once close to. They may experience sleep problems, and may be troubled by bad dreams or nightmares. PTSD is a response by normal people to an abnormal situation. The traumatic events that lead to post-traumatic stress disorder are usually so overwhelming and frightening that they would upset anyone. When your sense of safety and trust are shattered, it’s normal to feel crazy, disconnected, or numb – and most people do. The only difference between people who go on to develop PTSD and those who don’t is how they cope with the trauma. After a traumatic experience, the mind and the body are in shock. But as you make sense of what happened and process your emotions, you come out of it. With post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), however, you remain in psychological shock. Your memory of what happened and your feelings about it are disconnected. In order to move on, it’s important to face and feel your memories and emotions. It is important to understand that being withdrawn is not about being stuck in the past, but is about an increased sensitivity to danger or issues of personal safety and threat, and is about being afraid of the present and afraid of being in the present.
EMDR (eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is determined to be an effective treatment of trauma. After successful treatment with EMDR, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is reduced. Dr. Sadigh specializes in EMDR and has successfully treated hundreds of clients overcome their traumatic experience by use of EMDR. Contact Dr. Sadigh for a free 15 min consultation and to find out if EMDR therapy is the right solution for you.