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A bad phase of someone’s life might get over, but sometimes, certain incidents leave a permanent scar on a person’s mind. That person doesn’t just live with the traum, but s/he undergoes changes both physically and mentally. Unresolved trauma can result in extraordinary stress, which can create a lot of problems for the person dealing with it.
The worst part is that in severe cases, people develop a sense of insecurity, and then it becomes harder for them to lead a normal life. They face major trust issues and start preferring isolation – which is not a great idea when it comes to mental well-being.
According to Dr Santosh Bangar, senior consultant psychiatrist at Global Hospital Psychological, trauma can result from severe stressful events affecting emotions, behaviour and memory.
He says, “Traumatic experience can be one-off or recurrent in nature. Common forms include physical or sexual abuse, or emotional or physical neglect. Experiencing trauma in childhood can result in severe and long-lasting effect on psychological health. Various psychological illnesses can have association of trauma, for e.g., depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug and alcohol misuse, alterations in personality and dissociative disorders.”
Yes, it is a serious matter. That’s why it is important to understand the signs and symptoms people show, when they are dealing with unresolved trauma.
All the above signs are the initial ones.
“Having a healthy body can increase the ability to cope with the stress of trauma,” says Dr Bangar.
“What we need to remember is that recovering from trauma takes time, but everyone heals at their own pace. So, don’t be over-possessive but keep an eye on people who have dealt with a trauma, especially showing the above signs. And don’t hesitate to seek medical attention,” concludes Dr Bangar.