HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE DIFFICULTIES RELATED TO A TRAUMA?
Traumatic events, which can be a one time occurrence or over an extended period of time, can impact one’s self-concept or the way you adapt to stressors in your life.
Some common symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are:
- intrusive memories about the trauma
- avoiding any triggers that remind you of the trauma
- negative emotions related to the trauma
- feeling “not connected” to friends and family members
- problems with sleep
- feeling hyperaware of one’s surroundings and others
An individual who has experienced trauma over a extended period of time may also experience additional symptoms such as:
- persistent sadness or depression
- explosive anger
- forgetting parts of the trauma
- feeling detached from one’s body
- may feel helpless, shame, guilt
- feeling overwhelmed when thinking about the trauma
- using alcohol and/or substances to “numb out” feelings and thoughts about the trauma
- engaging in self-harm behaviors
- difficulties with managing relationships
TREATMENT OF TRAUMA
There are two evidence-based treatments for PTSD, which are Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Both treatments are relatively short-term (12 to 16 sessions) and highly efficacious. As well, both treatments also incorporate skills on addressing interpersonal/relationship difficulties that are related to a trauma response.
Trauma Treatment for Journalists
I am also developing a sub-specialty in working with journalists who are exposed to occupational chronic stress and trauma. I have a strong appreciation for the role of journalism in society, and consider it a privilege to work with news professionals. I have received training from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma on the professional culture and occupational challenges of journalists. In addition to using HIPAA-compliant telehealth software, I have also received training from the Freedom of the Press Foundation on best practices for digital security when using telehealth technology.