Trauma occurs when a person is overwhelmed by a situation that is perceived to be life threatening and is left feeling helpless and out of control. So it is possible some things might be traumatic for one person and may not be for another person. For instance, going into surgery may be traumatic for one person and not another.
When we are shocked and traumatized, we are thrown into a state of survival and our instincts kick in – fight, flight or freeze. Trauma occurs when a person’s physical and emotional responses have not been processed and integrated so the person can be stuck in a state where the reactions and responses are triggered and reactivated even though the danger is long past. This is what is referred to as PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder.
People who are suffering with PTSD can be helped with proper therapy. It is hard for a person with PTSD to even seek out therapy because there is often a sense of shame or self-blame associated with the trauma. Post-traumatic stress treatment incorporates counselling and psychotherapy, which help the individual regain a sense of control over what they are feeling.
Treatment for trauma typically includes psychotherapy. PRS has many trauma therapists in Toronto and the GTA that can help you cope with trauma or PTSD with counselling.