Abuse, PTSD and Trauma

Abuse, PTSD and Trauma

We live in a world that exposes us to trauma, adversity and chronic stress. Some of us can turn these problems into avenues to personal growth. However, you may find yourself reacting in ways that are dangerous to your physical, mental and social well-being.

Defining abuse

It's any action by someone that's meant to intentionally harm you. There are several types of abuse: physical, sexual, substance, elder and psychological.

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 If you’ve suffered abuse, you may not want to talk about it because you’re worried about what other people might say. Those who are abused are often afraid others will judge them or think they deserved the abuse. These doubts and fears can stop you from moving forward and believing in a better future.

Defining trauma

It's an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Right after the event, you can feel shock and denial. Longer term reactions can include a range of symptoms:

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  • Unpredictable emotions
  • Flashbacks
  • Strained relationships
  • Physical symptoms like headaches or nausea

While these feelings are normal, they can sometimes keep you from moving on with your life. Talking with someone can help you heal in a constructive way. If your symptoms linger over time, however, you may be diagnosed with PTSD.

Defining post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

This is a condition triggered by witnessing or experiencing a terrifying event like a sexual assault, war, traffic accident or some other life-threatening incident. If you have PTSD, your symptoms can last for more than a month after the event:

Defining post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Details

  • Mental or physical distress over things that remind you of the event
  • Disturbing thoughts, feelings or dreams related to the event
  • Attempts to avoid these distressing reminders
  • Changes in how you think or feel
  • Increased arousal

We can help you deal with your problems.

If you experience any of these signs, talk it over with a specially trained Allwell counselor. Contact your local Allwell Counseling Center for information or an appointment.