Managing Stress And Emotional Trauma

Every year a quarter of us will experience emotional trauma through a crisis or personal tragedy. A family member might become sick or die, somebody may sue you, or you may lose your job. You could have financial worries or be forced to move. Your marriage could fall apart. You may be one of millions of individuals who have grave clinical depression. Or you may have undergone some emotional trauma in childhood that affects you. Since more than 50 percent of children are products of subsequently divorced marriages, if the marriage broke apart after you were age twenty-one, you are

in fact younger than the average person in America; so many others would have gone though their parents' divorce prior to them being twenty-one.

There are things that you can do to protect yourself during these tough times, and there are strategies for managing stress and emotional trauma. Even so, what if it's just too much? What must you do when it everything seems overwhelming? Or do you have a certain problem that is hard to talk about with your friends and family members? These topics justify far more in-depth discussion than can be provided in this article. Nevertheless, several books are devoted exclusively to this issue; you may start with those for guidance.

Every person can profit from being emotionally healthy, and each person has life experiences that impact his or her emotional well-being. Don't hesitate to seek professional help to give you emotional trauma therapy. A therapist, counselor, psychologist, minister, or psychiatrist can give guidance and insight. The long-time stigma linked with seeking professional help hurt everybody. Thankfully, the past twenty years have witnessed a noticeable shift in the way we view mental health. Looking for professional help has become more and more accepted.

Mental health is a complex issue since denial can so often play

a strong role, keeping the person from getting the help he or she requires and deserves. That is why those who live with an alcoholic are much more likely to notice the problem than the alcoholic by himself or herself. Some mental and emotional states have a physiologic element as well as a psychological one. For instance, the variations among clinical depressions are specified according to the chemical changes that occur in hormones in the brain. Medications can aid these conditions. Common medications involve the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSUls), like fluoxetine (Prozac), citalopram (Celexa), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft), and another family of antidepressants, the most commonly prescribed being bupropion (Wellbutrin). One drug could cause side effects in an individual while another drug of a same or similar kind will not. Often emotional events may trigger the biological reaction, and, although a pill can change the biochemistry of the brain, it does little to alter the emotional stresses that may have set off the depression in the first place.

Psychotherapy ("talk therapy") can also help in healing emotional trauma. Two types of counseling are interpersonal and cognitive/behavioral therapies. Interpersonal therapy seeks to help you understand the emotional trauma symptoms. Cognitive/behavioral therapy distinguishes behaviors that perpetuate the depression and tries to design behaviors that prevent further depression. Often talk therapy and medication therapy work the fullest in combination.



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