Emotional trauma needs no introduction. Whether it is the loss of a loved one, failure in a chosen career or the death of a cherished relationship, the resultant mental anguish is more than some people can cope with. Emotional trauma occurs when an extreme life experience causes high levels of stress that shatter the individuals ability to cope or logically process the occurrence and generate a solution.
Indications: such psychological distress is characterised by elevated anxiety and emotionality, by elevated anxiety and emotionality, extreme sensitivity, withdrawal, regression to childish methods of coping, taking rash decisions, depression, neglecting responsibilities and loss of self-esteem. Reactions such as guilt and feelings of insecurity and isolation some times lead to extreme actions like suicide or homicide. It is not uncommon to lose focus and the ability to think rationally. This often induces at risk persons to resort to behaviour that is further damaging What can be done: Dealing with emotional trauma is crucial not only to help the individual live a normal life, but also for others around them. Disturbing past experiences and an obsessive fear of failure plague the traumatised. It is important to help them realise that it is possible to take control of their intensified emotions, and get over the awful phase that they are going through. Cognitive behavioural therapy helps identify and alter self-critical and faulty thought patterns that may trigger the trauma. It also helps to explore causes of the symptoms and work out any conflicts in relationships that have a negative influence.
Keep a journal, or express your feelings through art or writing. Include laughter in your life. !