A traumatic experience disrupts your normal ability to function. In most cases, this disruption is only temporary. Over time, you process your experience and gradually return to normal. However, some people have longer-lasting trauma reactions. The result of these reactions can be post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. A PTSD treatment program will help you recover from this damaging condition. You can also do a number of additional things to promote healing from trauma.
The experienced mental health professionals at Springfield Wellness Center understand the struggles of PTSD and can provide helpful advice for healing from trauma. Learn more by calling 844.334.4727.
Understanding the Effects of Trauma
Trauma is the name for an extreme mental and physical response to certain situations. These situations break your everyday relationship with reality in substantial ways. Common examples of trauma include:
- Major accidents
- Natural disasters
- Physical assault
- Sexual assault and sexual abuse
- Life-threatening medical issues
- Military combat
Typical trauma reactions include fear or terror, a sense of shock, and denial that anything unusual has happened. Most people who go through traumatic experiences overcome these reactions on their own. But this does not always happen. Instead, some people develop a short-term condition called acute stress disorder, or ASD. Others eventually develop the delayed effects of PTSD. The presence of ASD increases your risk for PTSD.
Healing From Trauma: Formal Treatment
If you have ASD or PTSD, formal treatment is required to help you recover. Unless you receive this treatment, your traumatic experience may continue to affect you indefinitely. The primary treatment for acute stress disorder is psychotherapy. One therapy used for this purpose is cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT. A form of this treatment, called exposure therapy, can be especially useful.
The therapies used to treat ASD can also help you recover from PTSD. In addition, you may benefit from medication. Medications used to treat PTSD include antidepressants or anti-anxiety meds.
Additional Treatment Options
Additional treatments may also form part of your recovery plan. One modern option is NAD+ therapy. This therapy helps restore your brain’s levels of one of its main supportive chemicals. By doing so, it promotes improved brain function. In turn, improved function may make healing from trauma easier to achieve. NAD+ therapy is not widely available. Only a few providers currently offer it as part of a trauma treatment program.
Additional Ways of Healing From Trauma
You can also do other things to recover from the effects of trauma. These things don’t replace formal treatment by trained professionals. Instead, they work alongside them to produce an additional benefit. Specific steps you can take include:
- Learning more about the effects of ASD and PTSD
- Making sure you get enough sleep
- Eating a balanced diet
- Getting regular physical activity
- Steering clear of anxiety-promoting substances like nicotine and caffeine
- Avoiding self-medicating with alcohol or drugs
- Maintaining your personal and social connections
- Staying alert to signs that your symptoms are on the rise
- Seeking help when you feel your symptoms getting out of control
- Learning relaxation techniques
- Joining a support group for people with your condition
It is also imperative that you stick to your formal treatment plan.
Seek Treatment for the Effects of Trauma at Springfield Wellness
Do you or your loved one need help healing from trauma? At Springfield Wellness Center, we offer comprehensive services for treating PTSD. Those services include both medication and therapy.
They also include a range of psychotherapy options. In addition, we are one of the country’s pioneering providers of NAD+ therapy.
Each trauma treatment plan at Springfield Wellness is fully customized. This means that you’ll receive care that meets your specific needs and situation. To learn more, call us today at 844.334.4727. You can also reach us by filling out our brief online form.