Not all people respond to traumatic events in the same way. Physical wounds may have healed, yet unseen scars left on the heart and mind are often painful and difficult to recover from, especially when they’ve developed into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But, with the right PTSD treatment, even the most severe psychological damage from traumatic events is treatable.
Natural disasters, transportation accidents, or brushes with death are unexpected, sudden, and can be emotionally overwhelming. Traumas that come in the form of physical, emotional, and verbal abuse may outwardly leave no visible signs of injury but can deal devastating blows to your inner self.
What Do Trauma Symptoms Look Like?
Traumatic events often leave people feeling stunned, helpless, suffering from a sense of disorientation, or burdened by an inability to assimilate the stressors and regain an emotional balance.
It is not unusual for trauma victims of trauma to experience any of the following symptoms at some point after going through a traumatic event:
What Does PTSD Look Like?
When trauma symptoms intensify and persist, they can lead to a diagnosis of PTSD.
PTSD symptoms call into three categories:
Treating PTSD and Trauma
Many people suffering from PTSD fail to seek treatment because of misidentifying or failing to recognize their symptoms as trauma-related. They may also not realize that their PTSD is treatable.
It can be challenging for victims of trauma to come forward and seek help. In addition, those who have gone through a traumatic event may feel shame, guilt, fear, or mistrust. They may also want to avoid thinking about the experience, which can sometimes lead to co-occurring substance abuse or addiction.
Our specialized trauma services help clients recognize and recover from PTSD through comprehensive care, an active patient-clinician connection, and encouraging support. We address each client’s individualized needs in a nurturing environment at our residential treatment and outpatient treatment programs. With Clearview’s guidance, there’s a way through the hurt, fear, and burden of traumatic life events.
PTSD and Trauma FAQs
The American Psychological Association (APA) estimates approximately six out of 10 men and five out of 10 women will experience at least one trauma event in their lifetime. Women are more likely to experience sexual assault or child sexual abuse. Men are more likely to experience accidents, physical assault, combat, disaster, or witness death or serious injury. Although the majority of individuals will be able to absorb the trauma over time, nearly 8 percent of traumatic event survivors will experience long-lasting mental health problems, with women being twice as likely as men to develop PTSD symptoms.
There is no set time at which Post Traumatic Stress Disorder develops. Symptoms of PTSD can develop relatively soon after a traumatic event or can take years to develop. Delayed PTSD often occurs in people who have experienced childhood sexual or physical abuse. Hidden by emotional constraint or complete emotional severance for years, it is common for symptoms of PTSD to manifest suddenly following a major traumatic life event, heightened stress, or an accumulation of stressors over a short period of time that challenge the victim’s emotional defenses.