Grief/Trauma, PTSD

Have you faced a devastating loss or event which has left you feeling overwhelmed and confused? You are not alone. It’s a fact that everyone at some point in their life will lose someone close to them or experience a disturbing event that they haven’t anticipated. 

 

While there is comfort in knowing that you are not the only one to feel these intense emotions, during these periods of exceptional hardship, we often feel most alone. It can be a time when it’s an effort to reach out and we often feel like loved ones don’t understand.


Everyone experiences grief differently. After a traumatic event you may feel immense sadness, and sometimes feelings of numbness and shock, even denial and anger. It can feel like these overwhelming feelings and emotions consume you, making you think that you may never be able to move past this hardship. This intensity of emotion can make you feel exhausted and scared about how you’ll be able to move forward, often leaving you struggling to carry out your day-to-day commitments.


While grief and trauma are typically associated with the death of a loved one or a catastrophic event, more ordinary experiences such as changes in work, financial loss, moving away from family/friends, ending of a relationship or even giving up a habit can trigger feelings of grief and sadness.


Left unchecked, grief and trauma can lead to a condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)  which is a more lasting experience of devastation. Studies have shown that up to 20% of people who have endured a traumatic event will develop PTSD. Someone with PTSD may experience reoccurring nightmares, flashbacks, changes in sleep and eating patterns, low mood, anxiety and unsettled relationships. These symptoms of PTSD can be so severe that you may find yourself unable to work and/or carry out your normal obligations. It is therefore vital to treat and process grief or trauma in an effective manner so it doesn’t  develop into something more debilitating.


Talking about how you are feeling can make upsetting events seem less crushing. 


It’s true that life wasn’t meant to be easy but you sure don’t have to go at it alone.


While grief and trauma are a very personal experience and affects everyone differently, the best way to resolve the distress is to talk it out with someone you trust who has the skills to navigate you to brighter days.

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