Trauma & Symptoms

What is Trauma?

Emotional and psychological trauma is often the result of an extraordinarily stressful event or repeating events, or an overwhelming amount of stress, that exceeds one’s ability to cope, or integrate the emotions involved with that experience. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized.

Trauma differs between individuals, according to their subjective experiences. People will react to similar events differently. In other words, not all people who experience a potentially traumatic event will actually become psychologically traumatized.

 

Trauma- Based Symptoms

Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away, and you may experience a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms. These symptoms are normal reactions to abnormal experiences.

Adverse reactions to traumatic events can surface for weeks, years, or even decades as the person struggles to cope with the immediate circumstances, that can eventually lead to serious, long-term negative consequences.

Here is a list of some of the traumatic experiences that EMDR is successful in treating, and some of the symptoms that EMDR can remove:

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