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Overlooked Causes of Trauma

When a loved one dies, you have the power to decide to cope in healthy ways

Trauma is an inevitable, inescapable part of life. The nature of trauma is that it brings intense stress into your life. How you process the trauma, especially right after an event takes place, can be very overwhelming and actually lead to other health problems. If you have a history of struggling with any form of addiction, this could be a time where you tempted to use again and relapse. You are, in many ways, overwhelmed as your physical body has many side effects from the extreme stress of a traumatic event. According to the American Psychological Assocation some common symptoms from stress include headaches, breathing heavier or hyperventilation, cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks, nausea and even sexual problems.

Also, your mind is in overload. Your self-control and discipline levels are very low, so any form of temptation is going to influence you in a more powerful way. The National Institute of Health has discovered that trauma can lead to depression, substance abuse, dissociation, personality disorders and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD affects close to 8 percent of the population in the United States. This means that you have friends and family who suffer from PTSD. This is not a faceless number; rather, it is made up of friends and family such as brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers. No matter what the situation, you have hope and can pursue healthy options to move forward with your life in Anchorage. The following are some specific events that are often reasons for trauma:

Surgery is required – When surgery is needed for some reason whether serious or something that is routine, this is a stressful event. You can reduce stress by getting as much information as possible and openly communicating with your doctor or surgeon. Searching online is not a great idea as you can find a lot of inaccurate information online. Consider talking with a therapist too if you are very stressed.

Accidental injury – This could mean anything from an accident on the job to a car accident. There is nothing you can do to prepare for an accident. When an accident happens to you or someone close to you, it is important to respond in a healthy way such as exercise or some form of healthy activity. This means not drinking alcohol or drugs. The healthy habits you establish now will carry you forward when you face a traumatic event. Remember, you are not thinking clearly when a traumatic event occurs.

You have been shamed or embarrassed – We all face times of embarrassment in life. One thing you can do to avoid fixation or any awkward moments is to focus on the long term. When you do this, you can move forward with your life in Anchorage. This also puts things into proper perspective. Even if you have been fired or had a traumatic event where you were publicly shamed, it is not as bad as you think. You can move forward and still be very successful regardless of the situation.

A loved one dies – Sadly, this will happen to you at some point. You have the power to decide to cope in healthy ways. Choose exercise or creative arts therapy instead of spending your time intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Honor the memories of your loved ones by living a healthy life yourself and get therapy if needed. Talk with friends and loved ones instead of just keeping all of your thoughts inside.

There is a mental illness present – This can be diagnosed or undiagnosed. Either way, without proper treatment, it is possible that mental illness, such as PTSD, can lead to other problems. For example if you have PTSD, you can choose to cope with the traumatic events with drugs and or alcohol abuse. These are known to make depression worse, so in addition to PTSD, there are these additional struggles. You do not have to be a former soldier or have been in combat to experience PTSD. Violent events such as rape or abuse or even witnessing an accident can cause PTSD. Mental illnesses such as depression can be more difficult to diagnose. If you feel something is not right or if someone around you notices any odd behavior, please know you can get help.

If you need to talk with a counselor about stress in your life, call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. You can discuss whatever struggles you are facing with someone who cares right now. When you talk about your problems or struggles, then you can be encouraged and find hope in Anchorage. Do not hesitate if you really want help. It is best to not make any assumptions about therapy or treatment until you call. Talk to one of our counselors today and come to your own decisions. Wherever you are, you can be encouraged and get the guidance needed to live a healthy life.