One single incident or a series of events can leave lasting scars
Bessel van der kolk, The Body Keeps the Score
The trauma caused by childhood neglect, sexual or domestic abuse and war wreaks havoc in our bodies.
Trauma can be one single event or a series of traumatic incidents that are repeated over time, causing an individual to become overwhelmed with painful, frightening, or loathing emotions. While we often associate trauma with military veterans or survivors of violent crime, over the last few years, the definition of psychological trauma has been broadened to include physical abuse, sexual abuse, and verbal abuse. The death of a loved one, the loss of one’s health or a beloved pet, the end of a relationship, or even a major life change can lead to extreme feelings of grief and loss.
No matter the source, the negative impact can be deep and lasting. Experiencing trauma during childhood, while the brain is still developing, can have severe and long-lasting effects. If left untreated, they can be carried into adulthood, continuing to cause devastation.
Trauma sufferers often struggle with:
- Emotional challenges
- Low self-esteem
Effects of Emotional Trauma
Individuals suffering from codependency repress their emotions and needs to the point that they are subjected to relationship trauma and extremely low self-esteem. Codependency causes sufferers to ignore their own needs while constantly fulfilling the needs of others.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
This trauma and stressor-related disorder stems from life-threatening events or psychological trauma. Individuals who experience sudden, unprovoked, and disturbing memory flashbacks or have repeated nightmares might be suffering from PTSD.
A painful, compulsive, and addictive disorder, love addiction negatively impacts both the addict and the object of his or her obsession.
An inability or refusal to show love for someone for fear of being hurt causes love avoidants to guard themselves in relationships.
Reach Out Today
No matter what you’ve been through, it is possible to gain the courage to face difficult issues, become accountable for your own feelings and behaviors, heal, and enjoy a full life in recovery.
The Meadows Outpatient Centers offer an eight-week program that includes intensive group therapy, individual therapy with our master’s-level, licensed clinicians to help address the lingering effects of trauma.