by Kyle Beard on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
People may think that you are going through trauma if you are suffering with depression or constantly having nightmares about a particular incident. While those elements may be true about trauma, there are a lot of symptoms of trauma that you may not even realize you have. By addressing these symptoms to a therapist, you can receive an official diagnosis of trauma and learn how to treat it.
Having digestive problems and irritable bowel syndrome can be symptoms of trauma. Our brain has a connection with our stomach in that our negative thoughts can cause us to have stomach aches. Stress can over-activate the nerves that are connected to our brain and stomach gut that can leave to painful and embarrassing bowel movements. You may think that the issues you have with your stomach can be the result of a food allergy or you are too embarrassed to go to someone about something so common.
Being in deep sleep can allow you to process your thoughts and bring up memories. Not being able to sleep can be from having depression, anxiety, nutritional deficiencies, nightmares, and other trauma-related reasons. When it is nighttime and you hear distant noises, this can cause you to be fearful and on alert, making it hard to sleep in peace. Not being able to sleep will only make those painful memories of yours be even worse. By taking care of your sleeping habits, you will better your mental health and end the day on a peaceful note.
People who suffer from trauma have unconscionable tools to protect themselves from their memories. One of them is dissociation where you disconnect from the traumatic experience by not remaining mentally present, dilated pupils, memory loss, and being detached from the body and emotions. It can be easy to overlook dissociation as people may think that you are simply spacing out, acting unusual, being forgetful, or faking.
Addiction is another underlying sign of trauma. Being the traumatic memories that have invaded your mind will not go away, people tend to turn to abusive substances like alcohol, marijuana, heroin, opioids or anything else that will help numb their mind and find reliefs in their traumatic symptoms. By recognizing these symptoms that may be minor to you to a therapist, this will help you successfully be treated for trauma.
Located in Centennial, Colorado, Restoration Therapy works with patients who are struggling with addiction, intimacy disorders, and trauma who are seeking treatment. In order to offer patients a more holistic view on a healthy sexuality, Restoration Therapy offers individualized and group therapy, workshops, psycho-educational classes, and more to restore the harm brought on by addiction and intimacy issues. For more information, please call us at (720) 446-6585 as we are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm.