What is a Traumatic Event? When to Consult a Professional?

Traumatic events are events that threaten a person’s vital and bodily integrity, loved ones, and belief system. Even one of these four threats can speak of psychological trauma. Events such as natural disasters, war, terrorism, sudden illnesses, deaths, job loss, sexual abuse, harassment, violence, traffic accidents can be given as examples of traumatic events.

Some of the reactions encountered after the traumatic event are as follows:

Avoidance: The person avoids the feelings and thoughts about the trauma, and at the same time, there is a feeling of detachment from the environment.

Re-experiencing: The person may experience the stressful event as if it is happening again with a smell, sound or image that reminds them of the stressful event.

Physiological Arousal Responses: The traumatic event may cause shock to the person. Depending on the shock, the person shows hyperarousal reactions such as heart palpitations, shaking and sweating of the hands, and attention problems.

Apart from all these, the individual may show intense depressive symptoms. Extreme restlessness, changes in eating and sleeping, irritability, and feelings of guilt may also occur.

Every person is unique. For this reason, the traumatic event does not always cause “trauma”. We cannot say that a person is experiencing a severe trauma just because he or she has experienced a traumatic event.

So when should professional help be sought?

  • If you don’t remember what happened to you,

  • If you tend to use alcohol and similar substances to get rid of disturbing memories of the event that happened to you,

  • If you feel emotionally petrified, unresponsive and dull,

  • If you feel sudden outbursts of anger, extreme restlessness and helplessness,

  • If the same thoughts are constantly circulating in your mind,

  • If you’re doing the same moves over and over,

  • If you notice that your will for life has decreased, you cannot make plans for the future and you have suicidal thoughts,

  • If you have sleeping and eating problems,

  • If you experience sudden startle and extreme anxiety,

  • If one month has passed since the last event and the above-mentioned ones still continue at the end of this month,

  • If these experiences cause your relations with work, family, school, social environment to deteriorate.

You should consult a professional.

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