“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” While that statement may be true, it doesn’t make going through certain experiences any easier.

One such experience is trauma. Actually, it may be more accurate to say that trauma is many experiences, because a traumatic event often creates long-lasting devastation. Trauma may occur because people experience frightening or dangerous events such as

  • Natural disasters
  • Accidents
  • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
  • Neglect
  • War or other types of violence
  • Crimes

People may also experience trauma if they witness these factors occurring to others. For example, children raised by people with addictions may experience trauma even if they weren’t the ones addicted to the substances themselves. If they grow up in such homes, children may see their parents become sick or go to jail, they may experience poverty or neglect because of these parental addictions, or they may suffer other ill effects.

But there is hope. As with drug addiction and other diseases, if we diagnose and treat trauma early at a California drug rehab facility or pursue other forms of treatment, we are more likely to find recovery.

Diagnosing and treating trauma early is especially important for children and adolescents. “Infants exposed to trauma are often inhibited by emotional and behavioral dysregulation in childhood and as an adult,” said Kristen E. Buss, Jeffrey M. Warren, and Evette Horton. Behavioral dysregulation is the practice of using irregular and potentially harmful strategies to regulate behavior. Buss, Warren, and Horton also claimed that “early childhood trauma impacts later physical health” and may contribute to

  • Headaches
  • Heart disease
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Cancer

Since trauma may produce physical and mental illnesses, it may require professional help. If you’ve been struggling with trauma, consider going to your doctor and visiting a therapist. There’s no shame in seeking help. Professionals are trained to provide assistance and have helped others with similar conditions.

People may receive different types of assistance, depending on the types of traumas they’re experiencing, their mental and physical health, their budgets, their availability, and other factors. They may participate in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), a type of therapy that requires people to discuss traumatic events while watching certain movements or listening to specific tones.

Assistance may also come in other forms. Many organizations offer services that allow people to connect with others who have experienced trauma or are experiencing other things. Such help reminds people that they’re not alone.

They are most definitely not alone. Trauma is common and the people who experience it are normal. They just need help and help is available.

Guest blogger: Nicole Allen is a freelance educator and writer based in Michigan and believes that her writing is an extension of her career as a tutor since they both encourage learning and discussing new things. When she isn’t writing, you might find Nicole running, hiking, or swimming. She’s participated in several 10K races and hopes to compete in a marathon one day.


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