People can suffer from emotional or psychological trauma as a result of various traumatic events, such as rape, war, accidents, abuse and natural disasters.
For people who have gone through traumatic situations, there is sometimes a recovery process to prevent trauma from having a long-term negative impact.
Trauma survivors do have hope for a normal life, where their current life does not center around disturbing past events. Experts have input on the recovery process from traumatic events, including different steps trauma survivors can take.
As a refresher, the American Psychological Association defines trauma as “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster.”
You can read more about this connection in my previous article May is Mental Health Month: Healing Trauma's Wounds.
Shahla Modir, a primary psychiatrist at Summit Malibu, a treatment center for addiction and other mental health issues, also gives her input on the definition of trauma, and how it relates to mental health.
Modir defines trauma more as the event itself. “Trauma is an experience or event which causes either severe physical or mental harm,” she said.
“In relation to mental illness, trauma is often a horrific experience which impedes or is detrimental to one’s overall mental health until the event is processed and dealt with in a positive manner.”
In order to start the recovery process for trauma, it’s important to determine the severity of the trauma, Modir said. Here are other major recovery steps survivors can take:
1) “The very first step is recognizing that your trauma is affecting other areas of your life, and that you may need help to move past it.”
2) “Speaking up and asking for help – whether it be to a loved one or a friend – is usually the best route to take. Trauma can be so severe in individuals that they simply cannot begin the treatment process without help.”