The world is a harsh place.
Most people experience sad, frightening, or traumatizing events, whether in childhood or as adults. The lingering effects of a traumatizing event can make a person very anxious and cause big changes in mood. Many patients also experience an overuse of drugs or alcohol to help them cope with the pain of trauma. There are many types of traumas and one event can impact individuals who experienced it much differently.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, in the United States, 61 percent of men and 51 percent of women report exposure to at least one lifetime traumatic event.
Small t trauma is a continuous trauma that happens over time and Big T trauma is typically a significant traumatic event, both of which can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD manifests itself slowly. It can be triggered by violent events or a familiar situation. One does not have to be a member of the Armed Services to experience an event that has lasting effects.
Symptoms can include:
- nightmares or unwanted memories of the trauma
- avoidance of situations that bring back memories of the trauma
- heightened reactions
- depressed mood
- or avoidance.
The best way to treat trauma and PTSD is through talk therapy and medication, though recent studies may provide a more holistic approach to reducing anxiety and panic attacks. Sandplay therapy is a new therapy designed to reduce fight-or-flight responses that originate in the amygdala, the brain’s warehouse for fear, cravings, anger, and lust.
Sandplay is a therapeutic tool and a trauma/PTSD treatment that helps patients address the challenges of the past. In addition to EMDR, it is the therapy of choice for traumatic memories and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sandplay is effective with adults, youth and children, and Lacie brings a wealth of wisdom and training to her skillful use of this powerful therapeutic tool. The APA also states that prolonged exposure therapy can be beneficial depending on the symptoms and severity of the trauma.
You have gained some insight into anxiety and panic. If you or a loved one is feeling down, hopeless, guilty, traumatized, or struggling, please schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with Lacie Killion to see if you feel like she is a good fit to help you reach your goals.