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Trauma

Trauma generally occurs when someone has experienced an extremely stressful, life-threatening or life-changing event. It can be classified as multiple trauma’s, such as domestic violence, or a single incident trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident. Being exposed to traumatic events or hearing about loved ones surviving a traumatic incident can also be the cause of trauma responses. The emotional response to trauma can be overwhelming and can lead to a significant behavioural issue, such as drug and alcohol abuse, avoidance and/or isolation. Trauma comes in many forms and what might traumatise one person may not impact someone else in the same way. Seeking professional help can help make sense of how the trauma has impacted you and your life.

Common Experiences of Trauma

Domestic Violence – The use of verbal, physical, or intimidating behaviours to assert power and control over another person. Domestic and family violence can include, physical violence, psychological and/or emotional abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse, or social abuse (isolation).

Sexual Abuse/Assault – Sexual abuse/assault covers a wide range of behaviours that result in the victim feeling powerless or afraid. It can take the form of rape, sexting, sexual harassment, non-consensual sex, and/or inappropriate touching. It often leads to long-term consequences such as guilt, shame, anxiety, depression, and loss of trust.

Violence – Violent acts such as robbery, home invasions or muggings can change the way we view the world, ourselves, and others. It can lead to increased anxiety, hypervigilance, or avoidance.

Motor Vehicle Accidents – When we experience an event where our lives may be at risk, it can result in a change of behaviour, thoughts, and emotional response. We might find ourselves avoiding activities or becoming preoccupied with thoughts about the event.

Signs and Symptoms of Trauma

  • Confusion and difficulty concentrating
  • Shock, disbelief, and denial
  • Irritability, anger, and mood swings
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Feeling sad, hopeless, disconnected, or numb
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Self-blame, shame and guilt
  • Fatigue, nightmares or insomnia
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Startled easily
  • Agitation and edginess
  • Pains and aches
  • Muscle tension

For some people the trauma may lead to a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It can be overwhelming to hear this diagnosis and our trained psychologists well explain what this term means for you and will help implement strategies to minimise the impact.

How We Can Help You Overcome Your Traumatic Experience

At Life Resolutions, Sunshine, we believe that it is important for you to understand the symptoms of trauma and help you to manage your symptoms. This is done, at your pace, in a safe and supportive environment. We understand that it may be difficult for you to discuss the details of the trauma and we would never ask you to go into more detail than you feel comfortable, or safe, to disclose. Overcoming trauma can be a long, and difficult, process and we aim to help you manage the symptoms to live a more fulfilling life.

Call us for more information about how we can help or book an appointment.

Where is Our Trauma Service Located?

We are conveniently located .

To find out how we can help call today on 1300 668 256