Trauma and Post Traumatic Growth


What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Let's begin by defining "trauma". I've spent my career specializing in helping people recover from "trauma", but during our conversations, most people identify "Trauma" as something that others have gone through -- experiences of military, combat veterans, fire/rescue, law enforcement, or some other kind of "big" event. You know, war and stuff. Certainly, this is true, but "trauma" includes ANY event that is experienced as life-threatening.

In fact, newest brain science identifies the effects of stress on a fetus during pregnancy. Genome research identifies genetic traits of trauma in descendants of trauma survivors (such as families of Holocaust victims). A decades-long study called the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) indicates that our earliest experiences — such as divorce, inconsistent or uninvolved caregivers, death, poverty, or unstable housing — affect our physical, emotional, cognitive, and relational health decades after these things took place.

In adulthood, examples of "trauma" include car accidents, the loss of a parent, child, spouse, or other loved one, divorce, and job loss. Basically, if you're having a hard time mentally, emotionally, and physically "wrapping your mind around" an event, you'd likely benefit from therapy. Therapy allows the brain to process memories of the event and store those memories in the part of the brain that does not trigger the "fight-or-flight" response.

PTSD symptoms vary from person to person, but include anxiety, depression, panic attacks, nightmares, flashbacks (or "re-experiencing" the event in situations that look like, sound like, smell like, or feel like the original event), and inability to sleep. One of the most detrimental symptoms of post-traumatic stress is isolation and the effects on a person's relationships. These symptoms of post traumatic stress affect both men and women. In children, symptoms tend to show up as changes in behavior and "acting out" or withdrawing.

Trauma therapy addresses symptoms of anxiety, depression, panic attacks, insomnia nightmares, and relationship problems. Harper Therapy offers non-traditional, holistic therapies such as Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Alpha Stim, Muse Meditation Headband, Neurofeedback, and Biofeedback to help calm the nervous system, address symptoms, file these experiences away in “long term memory storage” to that they’re not triggered, and help you connect more completely to yourself and those around you.

Call Harper Therapy at 813-434-3639 today for a free consultation to find out how you might find Hope, Growth, and Healing from your difficult life experiences.


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