I have an interest and experience in treating symptoms that can develop after acute or chronic trauma. I have worked with people who have had recent trauma as well as those with trauma that occurred some time in the past. Examples of types of trauma include rape and molestation, combat experiences, car accidents, death of loved ones, child abuse, and for a child it can include experiences like bullying, divorce, abandonment, and many other experiences.
Trauma is something that causes a sudden or significant negative change in our concept of self, the world and/or our future. When this sudden or intense shift occurs, we experience it as loss, confusion, disorientation or even threat and danger. In order to move through the trauma experience in a healthy way, it can require an adaptive neurological and psychological response that integrates the trauma experience into a new sense of identity, perspective, and sense of future possibilities.
While the specifics vary on a case-by-case basis, some of the common symptoms are listed below: