What Is Trauma?
Trauma is any event that is deeply disturbing or distressing. Simple as that definition may be, trauma is often difficult to describe, predict or treat due to its subjective nature and sometimes subtle influence. For example, something that one person would consider to be an inconsequential event could be a traumatic event for another. Not everybody experiences trauma the same way, which can make it difficult to know if someone is experiencing trauma.
Symptoms of Trauma in Utah Teens
Although everybody’s experience with trauma is unique and requires personalized care to treat, there are some symptoms of trauma that are common with most victims. Some of these symptoms include:
- Withdrawing from family and friends, and wanting to spend an unusual amount of time alone.
- Loss of interest in school, friends, hobbies, and life in general.
- Depression and feelings of hopelessness. This is often accompanied by a pessimistic outlook on life, and being cynical and distrusting.
- Difficulties with short-term memory and concentration, and a tendency to focus only on what is immediately important.
- Strong emotions and sudden changes in mood. A higher tendency to overreact to minor irritations.
- Desire to think about, discuss and mentally relive the traumatic event.
- Disturbed sleeping patterns.
How You Can Help
- Encourage them to communicate, and then listen to them without judgement or giving advice.
- Spend time with them, showing love, support and positive reinforcement.
- Be patient and loving, even when things are difficult.
When to Get Help from a Health Professional
If you believe your teen is experiencing trauma, a health professional can always help. Even if you or they don’t think the trauma is severe, a trauma specialist can help you both cope with the trauma in healthy ways and provide you with the knowledge and advice necessary to continue living a healthy and productive life that is unhindered by the negative effects trauma often brings. In the worst case scenario, it is strongly recommended that you seek professional help if your teen:
- Engages in reckless, dangerous or harmful behavior.
- Begins using or abusing substances such as alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or other narcotics.
- Acts differently and does things that are completely out of character for them.
- Stops communicating about important events how they are feeling, what they are doing, and other important details of their life.
Let Us Help
If you believe your teen daughter has experienced a traumatic event and is suffering from trauma or is showing some symptoms of dealing with trauma, call Trinity Teen for a free consultation. Our rehabilitation center in Utah is the perfect place to begin the healing process