When you have lived through trauma, it can feel like you will never get better. Fortunately, there are new treatments available that are created especially to treat trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Trauma
Also known as brief psychodynamic therapy, trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) helps you understand the thoughts behind your trauma and the reactions you are experiencing to non-traumatic events. TF-CBT will help you do the following:
- Identify the things that trigger panic and flashbacks
- Help you cope with feelings of anxiety, grief or loss
- Help you become more aware of your feelings so that you may gain better control of your situation
- Help your self-esteem
- Help treat depression
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for Trauma
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a new type of treatment that has been studied by the U.S. government as a means treat trauma and anxiety. During EMDR, you are completely awake and aware as with a normal counseling session. You may listen to small sounds on a set of headphones or tap your hands on each knee. This works to stimulate both sides of your brain.
It also allows you to reprocess the traumatic memories you have, without fear, so that those memories stop bothering you. EMDR works quickly, and while scientists do not yet know exactly how it works, many people are glad that is does.
Family Therapy for Trauma
PTSD and trauma don’t only affect you. Often the whole family is affected when one family member suffers trauma. Family therapy can help you and your loved ones communicate better, and it can also help your family better understand how trauma affects you and your daily life.
Medication Treatment for Trauma
In some cases, the anxiety and grief associated with trauma can be too much to bear. There are new medication treatments that can help you get past the toughest parts of trauma recovery. A quality trained psychiatrist or medical doctor can help you find a solution that meets your needs.
Remember, if you try antidepressant therapy, the medication alone will not cure your trauma symptoms. Therapy and treatment are important to help you recover fully.
Integrated Treatment for Trauma
Many people try to self-medicate their feelings of guilt, anxiety, fear or depression with drugs or alcohol. If you are struggling with an addiction as a result of trauma, there is specialized treatment available. Integrated treatment, also known as Dual Diagnosis treatment, helps treat the psychological symptoms of trauma while treating addiction symptoms at the same time.