Traumatic events can be experienced in many different ways and effect people much differently; not all trauma leads to PTSD. The effects of trauma can be emotional, psychological and even physical and manifest immediately after an event or even days, weeks, months and years later. Trauma can result in mood changes, emotional and behavioural outbursts, withdrawal from family and friends, poor school and work performance, thoughts of suicide and self-harm and feelings of guilt, shame and self-blame.
Trauma can be deeply distressing not only to the person who experienced it but also to those around them. Often family members struggle to support someone who has experienced trauma as they have their own feelings of guilt or shame for not preventing it, anger and sadness that it occurred and confusion about how to help that person on their road to recovery. Family members also have their own road to recovery to walk and this can make providing support both challenging and exhausting.
So what can you do if you find yourself looking for a road to trauma recovery or supporting a loved one to find and walk their own road. Support is key for everyone involved, trauma doesn't just happen to one person in isolation, the effects can be far reaching and long lasting. Understanding that trauma changes your core being will go far in your own recovery or in supporting someone who is experiencing mood and behaviour changes. Knowing you have the love and support of family and friends can make a world of difference. It's never too early or too late to ask for help and trauma therapy could be your key to finding your road to recovery.