Recovering from trauma is unique to each individual. Each trauma survivor heals in their own way and in their own time. However, there are times and situations when healing may require the assistance of a trauma counselor or other professional. Let’s take a look at six signs that you may need to seek help in your recovery from trauma:
If you find yourself obsessively thinking about your traumatic experience, you may benefit from the help of a trauma counselor. While it’s normal to experience intrusive, negative, or scary thoughts right after experiencing trauma, these thoughts should lessen with time. If intrusive thoughts do not lessen over time, then counseling may be needed.
It’s perfectly normal to experience increased anxiety after a traumatic event. But as time passes your anxiety levels should go down. If you experience more intense anxiety and fear as time passes, you may need a trauma counselor to help you through the healing process.
While every trauma survivor heals differently, abusing alcohol, drugs, or even food is not a healthy way to deal with trauma. If you find yourself drinking more or developing an addiction to drugs or food, you may need to work with a trauma counselor who can help you develop better coping skills.
Many trauma survivors feel the need for more alone time after a traumatic event. But there’s a difference between getting some quality alone time and isolating yourself. If you find that you haven’t spoken to or visited your loved ones in weeks or months, then you may be isolating yourself. Isolation is dangerous because it can cause depression and cuts you off from the support you need while recovering. If you’ve begun isolating yourself, reach out to a trauma counselor who can help you safely integrate back into your circle of support.
The stress of trauma can make it hard to make even the smallest decisions. But if your ability to think clearly is hampered long after a traumatic event, you may need the help of a counselor. A trauma counselor can help you properly process traumatic events and place them into the proper perspective so that they don’t define you or harm the quality of your life.
Depending on the type of trauma you’ve experienced, you may begin avoiding people, places, or things that remind you of the traumatic event. This can have devastating effects on your life by making your world much smaller than it has to be. When this desire to avoid certain people, places, and things is not held in check, some trauma survivors find they’re unable to continue their work and social life. If you find that your world is getting smaller, you should immediately reach out to a trauma counselor who can help you resolve your fears and get you back into the swing of life.
Remember, getting help to cope with trauma doesn’t mean you’re not strong, it just means that you’re getting the support you need to heal.