Psychological trauma can occur after experiencing a shocking, upsetting or painful event. For some people, traumatic experiences impact their lives long after the event(s) that happened.
Every person is different in how they respond to trauma. Some may bounce right back and live a normal life and others may develop anxiety or turn to substance abuse as a method of coping.
Below are some common physical and emotional reactions to trauma:
- Sudden sweating and rapid heart beat
- Upset stomach
- Easily startled by noises
- Changes in sleep patterns or appetite
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Feelings of shock, disbelief, fear or anxiety
- Grief and denial
- Feelings of helplessness and lack of control
- Suicidal thoughts
Many people find that a healthy support system, therapy and self-care are helpful tools in healing and moving forward from trauma. CODAC staff provide a trauma-informed approach to treatment and will respect your needs and goals when it comes to healing from trauma. We provide you with the tools to manage your response to trauma and the feelings you associate with it.