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How to Start Talking About Trauma

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately, many individuals who have experienced trauma do not seek help due to the stigma surrounding mental health and the fear of reliving their past traumas. On National PTSD Awareness Day, Northeast Health Services is reaching out to those who may be grappling with unresolved trauma. After all, starting the conversation is a stepping stone to healing. Trauma can be a word heavy with connotations, from hidden war wounds to the silent scars of childhood neglect. Yet, talking about it can be the first of many liberating steps toward a healthier, more vibrant life.

If you or a loved one are in Massachusetts, the resources at Northeast Health Services can guide you through this delicate and essential process. We’re committed to providing the support you need on your mental health journey. Call 508.794.8711 today to learn more about how talking about trauma and availing of our PTSD treatment services can be good for you or your struggling loved one.

What Is Unresolved Trauma?

Trauma is an emotional response to a distressing event. Trauma also manifests as physical changes in the brain and stress system. If not addressed, it can affect our thoughts and behaviors and even lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, which is triggered by reminders of the trauma. This can result in anxiety, depression, and a feeling of helplessness, impacting relationships, work, and life quality.

It’s normal to have complex feelings about past trauma, regardless of when it happened. Trauma is complex, and addressing it requires nuanced approaches.

The Dangers of Holding on to Trauma

Holding on to trauma is like carrying a weight that grows heavier with time. It affects our emotional and physical health, leading to chronic conditions and self-destructive actions without proper treatment. The effects of unresolved trauma include increased anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, and strained relationships.

If you’re experiencing any of these, recognizing the need to address your trauma is the first step. Reaching out to mental health professionals can open the door to support and freedom from the past.

How to Start Talking About Trauma and Letting Go

While the idea of discussing trauma may be daunting, beginning the conversation can be a cathartic experience:

  • Reflect in a safe space – Find a secure, comfortable space with a trusted individual or in a professional setting.
  • Express yourself – Allow the floodgates of your emotions to open. There’s no right or wrong way to feel or respond to trauma.
  • Accept yourself – Accept that your reactions are normal responses to an abnormal situation.
  • Be patient – The process of healing takes time. Be patient with yourself and the process.

Starting this conversation may lead to unexpected emotions, but it’s also the first step toward freedom from the weight of your past. Each dialogue is a stitch in the fabric of your healing. Physical changes may also occur—for example, you may find it easier to relax, focus, or engage with others.

How Does PTSD Treatment Help?

Trauma therapies aim to lessen the effects of traumatic events and related issues. Treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder are designed to provide support and the necessary tools for overcoming the effects of trauma. Effective treatments include:

  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

Treatment is personalized based on your unique experiences and wellness journey. Remember, seeking help is a sign of resilience and strength. Facing trauma and seeking the proper treatment is a brave step toward getting the support you need.

Connect with Northeast Health Services and Start PTSD Treatment in Massachusetts Today

Starting to talk about trauma doesn’t mean reliving painful experiences. It means stepping into your advocate, hero, and healer role. On this National PTSD Awareness Day and every day, you are not alone.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, remember that help is available. If you’re ready to take the next step in your mental health journey, click here to reach out to our team of empathetic mental health care experts. For existing clients, please click here and find your office location to contact your office directly.