Traumatic events can lead to poor outcomes in your physical or mental health. Many people with a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring trauma disorder. Exposure to trauma can also lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This mental health disorder is commonly associated with combat veterans. Nevertheless, Tulip Hill Recovery provides trauma therapy in Murfreesboro, Tennessee for those who struggle with their symptoms.
What is Trauma?
Trauma is a response to a distressing, dangerous, or disturbing event. Following a traumatic event, you might be in denial or shock over what happened. As a result, you could have symptoms that prevent you from moving forward in life. Traumatic events could either directly happen to you, or you might witness something terrible happening to someone else.
Examples of traumatic events include the following:
- Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
- Neglect during childhood
- The unexpected loss of a loved one
- Racism and discrimination
- Violence in your community
- Natural disasters
- Combat or war
- Acts of terror
- Physical pain and injury
Events like these activate your “flight or fight” response system. This response system helps you stay out of danger by either running away or fighting a threat. However, during a traumatic event, you are often unable to run away or fight. As a result, you can struggle to feel safe or secure even when you are no longer in any danger. That is why trauma therapy in Murfreesboro, Tennessee offers solutions to cope with your trauma and PTSD.
Types of Trauma
Trauma is classified into 3 main types—acute, chronic, and complex. People also can have different responses to the same traumatic events. For example, 2 people can be in the same car during an accident; however, each person could react differently afterward. Therefore, symptoms vary based on the type of trauma and the person.
3 Main Types of Traumatic Experiences
Most forms of traumatic experiences can be classified as 1 of 3 types:
- Acute trauma follows a single incident, like a car accident or being mugged.
- Chronic trauma occurs over the long term, such as growing up in an abusive household or living in poverty.
- Complex trauma means that you experience a variety of traumatic events, often over several years.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
In addition, trauma as an adverse childhood experience (ACE) is common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states “About 61% of adults surveyed across 25 states reported they had experienced at least one type of ACE before age 18, and nearly 1 in 6 reported they had experienced four or more types of ACEs.”
ACEs are potentially traumatic events that occur during childhood between birth and age 17. These types of traumas can lead to poor mental and physical health outcomes throughout life.
Examples of ACEs include:
- Witnessing violence in your household
- Caregiver with a mental health or substance use disorder
- Family member attempting or dying by suicide
- Sexual, emotional, and physical abuse in the home
- Unstable household due to divorce or incarceration of a caregiver
Since ACEs occur in childhood, you might assume these are normal or expected experiences. Indeed, childhood experiences set your expectations for what is normal. However, ACEs are still traumatic, and you might have a trauma-related disorder as a result.
Signs and Symptoms of Trauma + PTSD
Trauma and PTSD display the same types of symptoms. In addition, there are few differences between symptoms depending upon the type of trauma. For instance, acute traumatic events and ACEs could result in similar symptoms.
The following are signs and symptoms of trauma and PTSD:
- Avoiding triggers or reminders of events
- Social isolation and withdrawal
- Sleep issues
- Nightmares and flashbacks
- Changes in appetite
- Vague complaints of physical pains
- Irritability and anger
- Panic attacks
- Depression and anxiety
- Intense guilt and shame
- Emotionally numb
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Trouble concentrating
These symptoms can disrupt your ability to live a full and happy life. You might also misuse or abuse substances to cope with trauma. Therefore, you might need dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring trauma and addiction. Nonetheless, trauma and PTSD can be treated so that you can heal and get your life back.
How Trauma is Treated
Trauma is treated by helping you process the traumatic events causing symptoms. While talking about traumatic events is difficult, you need to walk through your experiences to fully heal. Otherwise, you can continue to have symptoms throughout your entire life.
Trauma is most often treated with the following evidence-based practices:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps you challenge negative thoughts and beliefs about yourself and the world. CBT is one of the most common types of therapies and treats many types of mental health disorders.
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) focuses on emotional regulation and problems in relationships. DBT is especially helpful to treat “black-and-white/all-or-nothing” thought patterns, which can occur following trauma.
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is one of the most effective ways to treat trauma. EMDR involves recalling your experiences while a therapist helps you relax with bilateral stimulation. Thus, your flight or fight response can de-activate as you process your trauma.
In addition to psychotherapy, you can treat trauma with other methods to enhance your treatment. For example, holistic approaches like yoga and breathwork can help you regain control of your emotional responses. You can also learn to take care of your physical health with exercise and nutrition. In this way, you treat symptoms like sleeplessness and appetite changes, which impact your overall health and wellness.
What to Expect at our Trauma Therapy in Murfreesboro
Tulip Hill Recovery offers trauma therapy in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. During your treatment, you can expect trauma-informed care, which drives our treatment models. We understand that most people might have trauma in their past, possibly without realizing it. Therefore, our professional staff is mindful that our treatment doesn’t re-traumatize you or minimize your experiences.
We offer different levels of care to meet your needs in recovery, including:
- Partial hospitalization programs (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient programs (IOP)
- Post-recovery program
- Recovery residences
In addition, we will introduce you to experiential therapies, like art and music therapy, psychodrama, and adventure therapy. These types of therapies help when you struggle to talk about your emotional experiences. Overall, our trauma therapy focuses on providing the best treatment to meet your needs in recovery.
Trauma Therapy in Murfreesboro, TN
Trauma and PTSD can cause lifelong mental and physical health problems for those who suffer. However, these symptoms can be treated by professionals well-versed in trauma-informed care practices. Tulip Hill Recovery provides trauma therapy in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as part of our dual diagnosis treatment program. Contact us today to learn more.