Following any distressing or life-threatening event, psychological trauma can set in. Sufferers may develop emotional issues, such as extreme anxiety, anger, sadness, survivor’s guilt, or PTSD. They may have ongoing problems with sleep or physical pain, trouble with their personal and professional relationships, and low self-esteem issues. Research on trauma outlines several healthy ways of coping, such as avoiding alcohol and drugs, seeing loved ones regularly, exercising, sleeping, and other methods of self-care. There are people who are able to overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.
Coping with Trauma
Traumatic experiences often arouse strong, disturbing feelings that may or may not abate on their own. It’s common immediately after a traumatic event to experience shock or denial. A person may undergo a range of emotional reactions, such as fear, anger, guilt, shame, feelings of helplessness and vulnerability, and even PTSD. Some traumatic memories fades naturally with time, but if symptoms persist, it is imperative that professional help is sought.