The effects of trauma can lead to the development of mental health issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These effects can debilitate daily life and reduce a person’s mental health state. Getting help through trauma treatment programs can give people who have experienced trauma the education, support, and assistance they need to manage symptoms related to trauma. However, there are a number of approaches to treating trauma that depend on an individual’s personal symptoms and diagnosed mental health issues. Finding out more about one’s own experience with trauma and available treatment can help them to find the specific help they need.
If you have experienced trauma and think you may be living with a mental health issue as a result of experienced trauma, before treatment can begin, you’ll need an accurate diagnosis. The right diagnosis can mean establishing an individualized treatment plan that’s specific to your needs and is the most helpful in order to reach your mental health wellness goals. Some things you can expect during the trauma diagnosis process include:
Furthermore, during the diagnosis process, you’ll be asked to define your experience of trauma. Some of the defining characteristics of being exposed or experiencing trauma include:
If, after the diagnostic assessment, you are classified as experiencing negative symptoms of trauma as a result of your experience with a traumatic event or traumatic events for a specific time period (typically, 2 weeks or more), you may be given a diagnosis of PTSD. Once this diagnosis is made, you will be given options of available treatment that can be beneficial to your mental health needs.
During treatment for mental health issues that are associated with trauma, like PTSD, there are a few things you can expect including:
Along with what to expect from trauma treatment programs, there are a number of methods of treatment you can expect to utilize. Different approaches help different individuals depending on their mental health needs, symptoms, and the effectiveness of treatments. Some of the methods you can expect to utilize during a trauma treatment program can include:
Behavioral Therapies: Talk therapy like behavioral therapies can help people who have dealt with trauma to understand how trauma has affected their lifestyle and behaviors. And, develop and practice helpful coping techniques in order to overcome and manage these harmful behaviors.
Medications: Certain prescription medications can help people who are diagnosed with PTSD to better manage moods. These medications can include anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants.
Group Therapy: People who have lived through trauma can benefit from being in supportive atmospheres of peers who have also experienced trauma or developed mental health issues as the result of trauma. During group therapy sessions, individuals can practice newly learned coping techniques, offer their testimonies of trauma, and share what they’ve learned in treatment.
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A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.