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When You’re Still Experiencing the Effects of Trauma, Long After It’s Passed

One person shared their experience with the effects of trauma on the Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s (ADAA) main website. Here is an excerpt from their story: “Having been properly diagnosed with PTSD at age 35, I know that there is not one aspect of my life that has gone untouched by this mental illness. For me there is no cure…but there are things I can do to ensure that I never have to suffer as I did before.”

According to the Sidran Institute, an estimated 70% of American adults have experienced some form of trauma throughout their lifetime. Of those, up to 20% of Americans are estimated to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition in which a person experiences anxiety, depression, insomnia, flashbacks, paranoia, and a number of other symptoms related to the trauma they experienced. When PTSD is involved, it makes it difficult to focus on daily life; our mind, body, and spirit can become weighted down with the fog of trying to make it through each day, even with the symptoms of PTSD looming in the background. Whether it’s been a week, a month, a year, a decade or longer, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. PTSD can last for the entirety of a person’s life – but what differentiates those who find some form of healing and restoration to those that don’t – is seeking help.

Each person’s experience is different, and if you’ve been experiencing PTSD, perhaps it may never fully go away. Thankfully, there are a number of therapeutic tools that you can use to lessen the severity of your symptoms – tools that will help you change your outlook on yourself, others, and your life. The following are a few therapeutic approaches that could be really beneficial to help you find healing and balance amidst turmoil and chaos:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – if you’ve been feeling bogged down with negative beliefs and thought patterns, it’s bound to weight you down over time. CBT helps you to find positive, productive thoughts that are conducive to your happiness and wellbeing – and that’s what really matters.
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) – a therapist will guide you through bilateral eye movements as they promote ideas and beliefs that you’ve chosen to replace some of the detrimental beliefs you may have acquired from trauma.
  • Hypnotherapy – this approach provides you with full control as a therapist guides your subconscious into strengthening thoughts that will benefit your future.

In addition to these approaches, other holistic activities such as meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture and more can help you find grounding, peace, and center. The first step you need to take on this healing journey is to reach out and seek the help you need, today.

Everyone has a story that starts before treatment. Everyone has a story that changes when treatment is over. Let The Guest House Ocala show you the way to recovery from trauma, addictions, and related mental health issues. Call us today for information on our residential treatment programs, concierge customization, and life at the estate: 1-855-483-7800