Even if you're the strong, silent type, going through trauma alone can be very detrimental. No matter how much you pride yourself on doing things by and for yourself, this is one instance where therapy is a basic necessity and getting help is the best, if not only, way through.
1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Unresolved trauma can leave you with a lasting disorder that changes how you live, get along with others, are able to work, and even sleep and eat. PTSD causes nightmares, flashbacks, and real physical symptoms, such as intense headaches, body pain, trembling, nausea, fatigue, and debilitating anxiety.
Even if you think you have the troubling situation resolved or it feels as if you're over it, getting professional help to sort the matter out in your mind is always the safest and best route.
2. Substance Abuse
Many people who go through trauma end up dependent on substances. It can start with a few extra drinks after work or starting on drinks a few hours earlier on the weekends, but before long, the dependency has taken over. Even street and prescription drugs can become a problem for someone who wasn't a user, once the wrath of trauma has taken its toll.
If you already drink alcohol or partake of some recreational drug use and you're dealing with trauma, you run the very real risk of developing a substance abuse problem, without the help of a therapist.
3. Trust And Relationship Issues
Because unresolved trauma haunts your psyche, it becomes increasingly difficult to trust others. Your own feelings may be completely unsettled that you can't relate to or confide in people around you, much less take on their feelings in any kind of relationship. You can feel betrayed by life itself and be left with a throbbing, relentless pain that works as a wedge between you and people you care about or people you might otherwise like to get to know better.
Long-standing relationships suffer and you might even find yourself without a friend and totally left alone by family members who've no idea how to reach you through all that emotional turmoil you're shrouded in. However, going to a trauma therapist can help.
You'll still be the strong, silent type after trauma therapy and you can go back to being independent, once you've had help getting through your ordeal. No matter what type of person you are, though, trauma is no time to be alone, especially since the effects of it can last an entire lifetime. Contact a trauma therapist for more information.