Trauma can be defined as the response to an extremely negative event. Sometimes, its effects can be immediately gleaned; at other times, symptoms can take much longer to manifest themselves. If you or a loved one has had to face a traumatic event, it is vital that you not attempt to self-medicate, for various reasons. Firstly, trauma has serious consequences, both in the short- and long-term; it is a serious enough issue to warrant professional treatment from qualified specialists. Trauma interferes with its victims’ physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It can cause mood swings, problems with concentration, anger, restlessness, insomnia and a host of other debilitating symptoms. Secondly, there is a high comorbidity rate between trauma and mental conditions such as anxiety and depression. Victims can suddenly find that they are facing panic attacks of feelings of intense sadness. To escape from the pain and concussion, victims can being using substances and/or alcohol as a means of escape.
If you or a loved one have been through a traumatic event, the following article will point you in the right direction, providing tips and useful information so you can begin enjoying life once again.