When someone goes through a traumatic event or incident, they can suffer severe consequences directly correlative to how they experienced the event. This kind of trauma is usually defined as an experience that put the person or someone close to them in jeopardy of serious harm or death. These kinds of experiences include:
- Road traffic accidents
- Violent encounters
- Prolonged physical or emotional abuse
- Natural disasters such as hurricanes or wildfires
- Serious or chronic illnesses
The body has a natural defense mechanism to trauma known as the “fight or flight” response. What this means is that the body starts to produce natural chemicals that prepare it to respond to danger. The symptoms include:
- Increased blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate
- Profuse sweating
- Loss of appetite
This is completely normal and natural and is designed to make it possible to either run away from or actively engage with the dangerous situation you’re confronted with.
Directly after a traumatic event or incident, people usually enter into a short period of shock and denial. Over the next few hours and days, these feelings are often replaced with sadness, anger and sometimes guilt over what happened. The majority of people get better in time but there are some who sink further into a mental health condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
It is crucial to remember that there is someone to reach out to for professional treatment when you have experienced a trauma in your life. CASA Recovery is a team of specialist therapists who can guide you back into a fulfilling and enriching life, after overcoming a trauma that has left you in continued suffering. Reach out to CASA Recovery for professional trauma treatment by contacting us in confidence today.