Trauma and Mental Health – The Impacts of Trauma

  • Posted at Oct 6, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
Trauma and Mental Health – The Impacts of Trauma

People who experience trauma can develop negatively influencing issues like mental health conditions as a result of these trauma experiences. Knowing more about the relationship between trauma and mental health can help a person who is looking to get help from the impacts of trauma find the right resources for them. At Yellowbrick, we understand the effects that trauma can have on emerging adults and their families. This is why we offer a trauma-informed approach to care as well as a trauma recovery program for those impacted by the debilitating effects of trauma.

Understanding More About Trauma

Almost every person experiences a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop mental health issues as a result of trauma. But, people who are already at risk for developing a mental health issue may be more affected by trauma than others. Furthermore, people who already have a mental health issue, like a depressive disorder, may be even more at risk for developing further issues due to a traumatic experience. In either case, it’s important to understand that trauma and the trauma experience may look different for every person.

Some examples of traumatic experiences that can lead to ongoing mental health issues include natural disasters, losing a loved one, childhood neglect, abuse in any form, being a victim to or witness to a violent attack, vehicular accidents, etc.

Living Through Trauma and How It Can Effect Mental Wellbeing

There can be many different stages of trauma and the effects of trauma may be different for every person. Some people may first experience shock and may have trouble believing that the traumatic event actually happened. Other common reactions to trauma can include feelings of deep sadness, anger, despair, loneliness, and isolation from others. For some, experiencing trauma can lead to the development of mental health conditions like PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or make symptoms of already developed mental health issues worsen.

Trauma can affect mental health in many ways leading to symptoms of:

  • unwanted thoughts and emotions
  • trouble managing emotions and thoughts
  • reduced self-confidence
  • isolation from others
  • abusing addictive substances
  • paranoia and nervousness
  • depression
  • self-harm
  • suicidal ideation, thoughts, and behaviors
  • insomnia

If you are experiencing any of the above issues as a result of experiencing a traumatic event, trauma may have something to do with the impacts on your mental health. And, treatment may be effective in helping you take back your life from the impacts of trauma.

Trauma Resolution Program for the Impacts of Trauma

At Yellowbrick, we help young adults who are struggling with the impacts that trauma can have on mental health. The Trauma Recovery Program at Yellowbrick offers various therapies in group formats to help young adults face their trauma and share experiences with others who have experienced the impacts of trauma. These groups also allow for education on trauma and its impacts as well as provide individuals with information about healthy coping skills.

Find out more about how Yellowbrick can help young people who are struggling with the impacts of trauma on mental health by viewing all of our services on our website.

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