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What is Trauma?

Trauma can range from the sudden death of someone important, exposure to terror or disaster, environmental violence or constant threat of this, direct violence or violation mentally, physically or sexually.  The frequency and intensity of the event can have a wide range of impact on the victim as well as the level of the supportive resources (or lack of) that a survivor has.

What are the symptoms of experiencing trauma?

  • Sleep disturbance/nightmares
  • Heightened startle effect
  • Concentration and memory difficulties
  • Avoidance of relationships or emotional expression
  • Inability to regulate emotions
  • Mood and behavioral reactiveness
  • Intrusive thoughts/images
  • Risky behavior (even some suicidal)
  • Anniversary date fixation/avoidance
  • Seasonal mood changes
  • Pessimistic about the future
  • Features of anxiety and depression can co-exist

How is Trauma treated?

Treatment can be helpful through cognitive behavioral therapy, which may involve other specific treatment models depending on the symptoms.  The treatment can include work with the individual, family members or intimate partners.  Group support is also helpful and available in the community.  The frequency or length of treatment is difficult to anticipate, however, it is not uncommon for a person to complete treatment and return briefly when faced with new memories, events in life, or symptom returning.

For more information or to request an evaluation and treatment, please contact Children’s Behavioral Health at (402) 955-3900.

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