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Due to a lack of mainstream knowledge, trauma is widely regarded as experiencing war or extreme forms of violence, gore, and abuse. Trauma can be everything from bullying to alcoholism to verbal abuse. Nearly all people who live a life will live a life that will include at least one traumatic moment. Few people will develop a full case of post traumatic stress disorder. The symptoms of trauma can take on varying forms across a spectrum of degrees. How trauma manifests is different per person, which makes answering the question “Should I go to treatment for trauma?” a case by case situation.

Should you go to treatment for trauma? There are two scenarios to consider.

First, you may not know that you have experience trauma, but you are having difficulties in life.

People cope differently with trauma. For some, their adverse experiences in life seem normal. Part of the brain’s response to trauma can be compartmentalizing, shutting down, and blocking the trauma out. Resilient and desensitized, people carry on in their lives along a seemingly normal pattern. They can get jobs, have relationships, and be successful. Under the surface, however, there are issues. Jobs may have conflict. Relationships may have conflict. Ultimately, the way an individual relates to themselves, to others, and the world around them has some level of conflict. When someone is unaware that the difficulties they have experienced in life are trauma, they are unaware that these difficulties they have with life later on are related to trauma. Something simply isn’t working anymore. You aren’t faulty and there is nothing wrong with you. The coping mechanisms you have developed have worked wondrously, until now. You can process your trauma, heal the wounds of the past, and learn healthy coping mechanisms for the future by going to treatment for a period of time.

Second, you may know you have experienced trauma and that you are not coping with it in a healthy way.

Trauma can result in all kinds of unhealthy coping behaviors. People may develop eating disorders, alcoholism, addictions, become workaholics, actively self-harm, or threaten their quality of life in other ways. Additionally, people may develop mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar, or borderline personality disorder, which can relate to trauma. If you are aware that you have experienced something traumatic and that you are incapable of coping with that trauma, you have the awareness necessary to overcome your harmful coping mechanisms. Treatment will provide you a safe space to feel your pain, walk through it, and heal.

Everyone has a story of trauma before they come treatment. Everyone leaves with a story of recovery when they leave treatment. The Guest House Ocala is a private treatment center specializing in the treatment of trauma, addictions, and related mental health issues. Your program of care is customized according to your specific experiences and needs. Our luxury amenities provide the highest level of quality care and comfort so you feel safe, supported, and serene. Call us today for information: