In a 2017 study, about 9 million people in the United States reported having Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Among those, there is a significantly higher number of women who are likely to be affected than men. Another study shows that 26% of children experience a traumatic event before they turn four years old. The effects of trauma can become detrimental to how you enjoy your life, so how can you get help?
SUN Behavioral Health in Houston understands trauma and is here to help you recover from it. We understand that women are statistically more likely to experience trauma than men, and offer specific programs for women recovering from trauma because of that. We also offer programs for other ages and genders, too.
Trauma occurs more often than most people think. You don’t have to go to war to experience a traumatic situation. People can experience trauma at any age. 11% of girls in the past year, ages 14-17, experienced sexual assault or abuse. Trauma can also be caused by natural disasters, vehicle accidents, or by sudden loss of life.
It’s not always easy to notice how trauma is affecting you, so here are some symptoms to look out for:
Trauma therapy is designed to help you or your loved one address both the memory of the trauma and the symptoms that arose from it. Learning the skills to better handle how trauma affects you is key for recovery.
Trauma is a known risk factor of mental illness. Experiencing trauma doesn’t mean you will develop depression or anxiety, but not everyone is able to easily recover from experiencing a traumatic situation.
When trauma occurs early in life, especially if it's unaddressed or in situations of child abuse and neglect, it can impact the development of the brain.
Trauma still affects adult brains too. It can worsen existing mental health conditions, or be the source of their development.
When the impact of a traumatic situation extends far beyond the time in which it occurred, trauma therapy might be a good option for you or your loved one. Symptoms of trauma can be debilitating, and untreated trauma can become worse over time.
Dealing with the symptoms of trauma without assistance can become detrimental for a person. Many will turn to alcohol or other substances to help cope with and try to lessen the symptoms and memories of their trauma. Trauma that becomes worse and more intense over time can lead to PTSD. People with PTSD have a statistically higher rate of committing suicide.
Your life and happiness are worth it. You don’t need to deal with your trauma on your own. Trauma therapy can help you get your life back on track and live it to the fullest once again.
Just as there are many different ways trauma can form in many different people, there are also many solutions for trauma recovery. At SUN Behavioral Houston, we offer a variety of evidence-based therapy programs, so you have options for your road to recovery.
Prolonged Exposure (PE)
Exposure therapy involves addressing and facing the source of your trauma, whether through talking about it or going into situations that would be triggering. For example, if your trauma revolved around a dog attack, going to a shelter or meeting a therapy dog might be a part of your journey. The goal is to reteach your brain how to react in these situations while in a safe environment.
Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye movement therapy is another form of exposure therapy, but to a lesser degree. Instead of physically reliving anything, your therapist will guide you through the situation while using a series of eye movements that are tied to the brain's processing centers. This allows you to unlearn negative or extreme reactions to triggers in a slightly different manner.
Trauma Group Therapy (TGT)
Group therapy has shown to be very beneficial for many people. Building up a support network of people who are also recovering from traumatic events can help you feel less alone in your journey and situation. It also allows you a space to talk about your experiences with people who can better understand what you went through, which can be validating.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (PP)
Exposure therapy involves addressing and facing the source of your trauma, whether through talking about it or going into situations that would be triggering. For example, if your trauma revolved around a dog attack, going to a shelter or meeting a therapy dog might be a part of your journey. The goal is to reteach your brain on how to react in these situations while in a safe environment.
Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
This form of trauma therapy was developed specifically to help adolescents recover from and deal with trauma. It is a multi-step process that involves the non-offending parent or caregivers in the process as well. The goal is to set the child up for success by helping them learn the skills they need to best manage their reactions to trauma and the memory of it. Once the skills are built, exposure therapy becomes involved as well.
Recovery from trauma is very real and possible for you or your loved one. The grounds on which you judge how well you recovered vary from person to person. Each journey and individual has its own set of goals that you are striving to achieve. Some patients may deal with the effects of trauma longer than others. Even after trauma therapy, you may still experience triggers that catch you off guard. The difference this time, however, will be that you have the knowledge at your disposal for how to better help yourself in that situation and continue moving forward afterward.
Here at SUN Behavioral Houston, we’re driven to help our community be a better place. Recovery from trauma can take a lot of time and effort, but starting your journey can be as easy as a phone call.
If you want to learn more about the success of our women-oriented trauma recovery programs, or any of our other trauma programs, give us a call today at 713-796-2273, or you can schedule a telehealth consultation.
Trauma therapy addresses the response to trauma, which is the symptoms that develop after experiencing it. It’s important to both help the patient overcome their reactions in regards to the memory or experience, as well as teach them how to address their symptoms when they occur.
When trauma and its effects persist long-term, or when the trauma experienced is repeated or extreme, it can develop into PTSD. PTSD is a more severe expression development of trauma, which can be categorized by its symptoms, such as flashbacks, intense, repeated nightmares, and more.
The capable team at SUN Houston has been serving our community for years. Reach out to begin your journey to recovery.