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Treatments for Trauma

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Psychological, physiological, emotional and spiritual meltdowns are all natural reactions to a traumatic event.

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While some trauma survivors recover without any professional help, others experience feelings so intense and prolonged, they wonder if they’ll ever feel normal again. If you’ve been feeling really miserable for a month or longer, it may be time to consider professional treatment.

The good news is that there are many ways to speed trauma recovery—and all of them get good results.

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  • Individual psychotherapy encourages you to talk about what happened and how you feel about what happened in one-on-one meetings with a qualified therapist. While nothing can ever change what happened to you, talk therapy can help you cope better.
  • Behavioral therapy uses a combination of “trigger” and “relaxation” techniques to help people relearn the way they think about traumatic events. Behavioral therapy works by retraining or reconditioning your responses to specific stimuli until they are no longer painful.
  • Hypnosis is a trance-like state that’s usually characterized by suggestibility, relaxation and imagination. When used with psychotherapy, hypnosis can help you get in touch with your feelings and even change them by providing a safe way to re-experience and control a traumatic event.

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a relatively new form of trauma treatment that helps you cope with traumatic memories by talking through your thoughts and feelings while tracking a therapist’s finger (or a string of lights) with your eyes. Sounds strange? Maybe. But in the last 15 years some studies have shown that EMDR is an effective way to treat trauma.
  • Group therapy offers a safe and supportive environment in which to share your experiences with peers. It can be particularly helpful if you feel that nobody could possibly understand what you’re going through.

Surviving a traumatic event can wreak havoc on your body. Talk to your doctor about medication if you are experiencing severe or prolonged depression, anxiety, mood swings, heart palpitations, sleeplessness or any other disturbing symptoms that make it difficult for you to function.

Above all, give yourself time to heal. With proper care and support, you will feel better and life will be normal again.

For more information, contact the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services, 304.293.4431 and speak to a professional about how to get treatment and support.

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