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Recovering From Trauma

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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.”

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what if you have no friends that you trust enough to speak about the traumas that have happen in your life?
How to handle when I told about the sexual abuse my father pushed on my older sister and i to protect my brother nieces. MY counselor said i had too..or my older sister had too or she turned my dad into the law. My older sister i just found out refused...was over20yrs ago so i wrote the letter confronting my father so my nieces would be protected and my father would not need go to jail and have his name out in public.
MY father was ready to write me off and lie from get go but all stood behind me..sisters .sister in law so he confessed.
HE still hates me and it has grown worse....gets very nasty so i stay away....but what has happen now is i end up not going ot family functions to avoid the remarks when he gets me alone. The nieces know he abused us but that is all they dont want to know more ...the family knows that i stay away because it hurts so much when he attacks me alone and they are far enough away from my house that i usually am in hotel all alone...just depressing.
I have asked them my family to support me t just let him know if the keeps it up he wont be invited...no one is willing.
MY father has been the ever great con man making himself look lke he is the good guy...my mom is villain and my sister and i only bring up sex abuse when we have problem with my parents....this is all so not true...but nieces hear this from my father but i cannot present my side of it...they want to stay neutral...how is neutral if they hear his side.
I was so close them before they called me their 2nd mom..now they do not even want to be around me.
What can i do to improve my situation...any ideas?

May 14, 2012 - 4:28am
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