Many people think of trauma as something that happens to soldiers in wartime or victims of violent crimes. However, trauma can also arise in the context of everyday life. Often, trauma results from a sudden or unexpected event that causes intense fear, helplessness, or horror. The signs of emotional trauma in adults can be hard to spot, but learning to recognize them can be vital in getting the help people need as early as possible.

At Fort Behavioral Health, we believe that emotional trauma is a real and serious issue that can be addressed with timely trauma treatment. Our experienced and licensed clinicians provide comprehensive psychological evaluations to identify emotional trauma, determine its cause and develop an effective treatment plan. We specialize in evidence-based therapies to help individuals heal from the physical and emotional effects of trauma. Find out how our trauma-informed care can help you or a loved one find peace and healing. Contact us today by calling 844.332.1807 to get started on the road to recovery in our trauma therapy program.

Common Causes of Trauma

There are many common causes of trauma. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect
  • Witnessing violence
  • Being involved in a natural disaster
  • Being a victim of crime
  • Serving in the military during wartime

While some causes of trauma are more severe than others, all types of trauma can have a lasting effect on mental health.

Signs of Emotional Trauma in Adults

The effects of trauma can manifest in many different ways. Some common signs that someone is struggling with emotional trauma include:

  • Avoidance of people or places associated with the traumatic event
  • Intrusive thoughts or memories about the event
  • Nightmares or flashbacks about the event
  • Intrusive feelings of guilt or shame
  • Feeling “on edge” or easily startled
  • Problems sleeping
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger

Sufferers of emotional trauma may also turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with their symptoms.

The Long-Term Effects of Trauma

While the effects of trauma can be debilitating in the short term, they can also have a lasting impact on mental health. Studies have shown that people who have experienced trauma are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety disorders later in life. Furthermore, people who have experienced multiple traumas are at an increased risk of developing chronic health problems later in life.

The Link Between Trauma and Addiction

There is a strong link between trauma and addiction. Many people who suffer from addiction first start using substances as a way to cope with the symptoms of trauma. Unfortunately, this often leads to a cycle of addiction and relapse as people struggling with addiction attempt to self-medicate their way out of emotional pain.

The Importance of Trauma-Informed Care

It is vital for people who are struggling with addiction to get help from a treatment provider that is aware of the link between trauma and addiction. A trauma-informed approach to care considers the fact that many people suffering from addiction have experienced some form of a traumatic event in their lives. This type of care focuses on providing compassion and understanding to patients as they heal from both their addiction and their past traumas.

Trauma Treatment at Fort Behavioral Health

Fort Behavioral Health provides compassionate and comprehensive care for patients suffering from both addiction and mental health disorders. Our team is trained in identifying the signs of emotional trauma in adults and providing trauma-informed care. We offer both individual and group therapy sessions as part of our treatment program. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact us today by calling 844.332.1807 to learn more about our program and how we can help.


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