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How Trauma Disorders Form And What Causes Them
Trauma disorders form after major events that are deemed traumatic to a patient; while many trauma survivors don’t form disorders, those who do can display many different symptoms. “Trauma” is arguably subjective, but some common traumatic events include:
- Childhood sexual contact
- War or extreme violence
- The loss of loved ones, especially under violent circumstances
Many patients react to these types of events by forming a defense or coping mechanism. When these mechanisms become problematic and interfere in the patient’s everyday life or quality of life, he or she may have a trauma disorder. If you have been through serious trauma or if you believe that you’ve noticed the symptoms of a trauma disorder in a friend or relative, here are a few things to keep in mind.
The Symptoms Of Post-Traumatic Conditions
People with trauma disorders may display a wide range of symptoms. The type and extent of symptoms may help to diagnose the disorder. Some symptoms include feelings of disassociation and depersonalization or forming a new identity. These occur after major trauma, but other coping mechanisms may be less severe or noticeable. People with trauma disorders will often socialize or engage in relationships abnormally, occasionally in a destructive way. Some trauma survivors (including many post traumatic stress disorder sufferers) may become paranoid, leading to potentially dangerous situations for their friends and family members.
Any person who behaves differently after serious trauma could have a trauma condition, so getting a diagnosis from a therapist is important. Only psychologists or psychiatrists should diagnose trauma conditions and recommend treatment.
Getting The Right Therapy And Treatment For Trauma Disorders
There are many different treatments available for psychological conditions, including medication and different types of therapy. In particular, psychotherapy is often effective when dealing with trauma disorders. The trauma behind the disorder is addressed after the disorder has been diagnosed, and the patient is taught ways to cope with stress and relationships normally. The traumatic events that led to the disorder may be revisited in therapy sessions, but only in a comfortable setting and only when the patient is ready to do so. Adult patients are treated very different from child trauma patients, and psychiatrists may develop extremely different treatment plans in general in order to focus on the individual factors that will make treatment more effective.
Trauma disorder treatment can be very successful with the right therapist. In many cases, the symptoms of trauma disorders can be alleviated and prevented from recurring. Finding the right therapist is key, and it’s best to use a professional who has worked with trauma survivors in the past. Call him or her to plan the first session and ask questions about the therapist’s qualifications and methods.
It is very difficult to predict how long trauma disorders will take to treat. Some disorders can be successfully treated after only a few months of psychotherapy, while others can require ongoing treatment for years. However, the major symptoms and episodes associated with trauma disorders are often controllable after treatment begins. Trauma disorder patients are able to lead better lives and can deal with stress and socialize normally.
As early treatment may lead to better results for trauma disorder patients, it’s a good idea to treat trauma disorders as soon as you notice their symptoms. Seek a diagnosis from a qualified psychologist or psychiatrist and ask about treatment options. This is the best way to ensure that a trauma patient can improve his or her condition as quickly as possible.