Grief, Trauma & PTSD

As much as we want to avoid painful occurrences, sometimes they are unavoidable. Unfortunately, this can affect our disposition to life moving forward. Today, grief, trauma, and PTSD are quite common and may take a different form. However, while they are tricky to overcome, recovery is impossible. All you require is professional support. Through this, you can develop positive coping techniques.

This refers to an ongoing and natural reaction to loss. This can range between losing a friend, family member, or experiencing a relationship disruption or losing your material possession. 

Grief is a part of human existence. However, it can take different forms. This is because as individuals, our response to grief differs. As such, while this process may take a few days with some people, it can span weeks, and sometimes years with others. 

Regardless, these forms include:

  • Disbelief or shock about changes 
  • Sadness and longing for the event to return to its previous state
  • Anxiety, despair, and worry of dissatisfaction about life 
  • Difficulty in letting go, starting fresh, and moving on
  • Changes in sleeping patterns and diet

In turn, this can lead to a wide range of actions such as compulsive behaviours such as gambling or spending, substance abuse, and other coping mechanisms. Regardless, it is possible to cope with grief through therapy and time.

This refers to an experience or situation that damages or distorts a person’s sense of safety and security. Usually, this can come from a wide variety of disturbing and unpleasant situations. In some cases, this can be a single event or a continuous event such as manipulation and abuse. 

Typically, trauma can result in ongoing or extreme stress. Even more, it can create impacts that go unnoticed for a long period. In turn, this cause disruptive emotions and unhealthy behavioural practices. 

It can also result in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and compulsive behaviours. Other symptoms of trauma include:

  • Failure to create close emotional and physical relationships 
  • Avoidance strategies to activities or location
  • Sensitivity and panic attacks 
  • Shame, guilt and self-blame for the undesired emotion or life circumstances

However, while these circumstances can challenge the mental health of an individual, it is not irredeemable. With the help of qualified professionals, one can gain freedom from this trauma. 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has become quite common today, affecting as much as 12% of the Australian population. It occurs as a result of a wide range of activities, including military service and severe car accidents. In some situation, sexual and physical assault, relational conflict, natural disasters, and serious emotional manipulation may also cause it.

Typically, individuals suffering from PTSD experience, both physical and emotional anxiety. It might also culminate to a depressed or detached demeanour, nightmares, and disturbing flashbacks. 

Note, while this is disturbing, various clinical approaches have emerged to treat individuals experiencing PTSD. Today, relevant treatment includes music therapy, art therapy, and equine therapy. Other counselling activities are also relevant in providing healing to victims.

Our support does not end after you leave the four walls of our residential program. We also offer support that extends for as much as a year. This way, we help you stay on course.

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