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Your trauma is valid

May 26, 2021

Trauma is described as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Types of traumatic events can include road accidents, violence/prolonged abuse, natural disasters and serious illnesses.  Everyone experiences trauma differently, but understanding the impact of trauma on mental health is critical.

When you experience a traumatic event, your body’s defenses take effect and create a stress response, which may make you feel a variety of physical symptoms, behave differently and experience more intense emotions. Some symptoms include raised blood pressure, increased heart rate, increased sweating and loss of appetite.

It's important to keep in mind that your trauma is valid even if you feel "just fine" now. Some may attempt to downplay their trauma with thoughts like "there are others who have had it worse" or "it could have been avoided." If others try to tell you that it "isn't a big deal," do not listen to them. Your trauma is your own - no one can tell you what you're feeling except for you. 

Even if the trauma occurred a long time ago or only you know about it, it's important to feel validated and know that you're not alone. When you've experienced a traumatic event, it's best to turn to others for support. It's also a great idea to make sure you're practicing self-care and that you're checking in with your own well-being. 

Seeking professional help is always advised when needed. Our team of experienced mental health therapists can help you or someone you know work through trauma. Please contact us at 308-210-8487 or email to schedule an appointment. We are here for you and your loved ones. 

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