How Trauma can Enhance Stress

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Do you know that any type of trauma can enhance your stress and make you suffer more? Trauma is the emotional, psychological, and mental response to a distressful event that deeply impacts one’s life. The symptoms of trauma can range from mild to severe based on the traumatic event that you face. No matter which traumatic event a person faces, it plays a negative role in making him more anxious and stressed. Before we go into the details, let’s learn about how many types of traumas are there that can enhance your stress level.

Types of Trauma

Here are the following types of trauma that may hit anyone’s life at any time:

  1. Acute trauma

Acute trauma is when a person goes through a stressful event that emotionally disturbs him. In contrast to other types of trauma, acute trauma is based on a single stressful event. For example, the accidental death of your loved one or someone close to your heart. Although these types of situations occur only a single time, they may highly impact your mental health for longer. If you fail to get out of your acute trauma, your life starts becoming more and more stressful.

  1. Chronic trauma

Chronic trauma is the type of trauma that comprises a repeated or prolonged exposure to any distressing event. For example, several episodes of child abuse or bullying leave one in the state of chronic trauma. Chronic trauma is more dangerous than acute trauma because it hits your mental health several times. It is critically important to deal with chronic trauma as soon as possible to control the stress level and to save one’s life.

  1. Complex trauma

Complex trauma is the most complicated type of trauma in which a person faces multiple stressful events of different natures. In this type, more than one trauma attacks a person and ruins his mental health. It is surprising to know that a large number of people going through complex trauma make attempts to end their life. The complex trauma doesn’t only enhance one’s stress level but may push a person into depression. Therefore, it is crucial to deal with these types of trauma and help people improve their mental health and wellbeing.

How Trauma Enhances Stress

When a person faces any traumatic event, his body goes through several responses to that event. One of these responses is the increased production of the cortisol hormone in the body, which is the stress hormone. When cortisol production increases in the body, it disturbs one’s mind and causes greater stress. Other responses that your body goes through while facing a traumatic event include:

  • An unusual increase in one’s heartbeat

  • A sudden increase in one’s sweating level

  • Instant shivering or shaking due to fear or sudden stress

  • Inability to feel any hunger or loss of appetite

These bulleted responses upon hitting a traumatic event are normal if they last for a short period. However, you must be cautious if these responses get prolonged and you find no way to get out of them. In some cases, the people who fail to manage their traumatic event stress may go into post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

With or without being physically affected by a traumatic event, people with this disorder suffer for years. This is a type of disorder in which a person continues to be emotionally and mentally affected by a traumatic event. For example, he may experience the same event in the dreams that turn into nightmares. He may also get panic attacks and start to avoid doing certain things or may develop the fear of meeting some people in order to avoid the stress. This type of disorder needs clinical treatment to effectively overcome and control it.

How to Control Stress After Facing a Trauma

By adopting the simple tips and techniques mentioned below, you can significantly help yourself in overcoming your post-trauma stress:

  • Share it with someone you trust and ask for support.

By speaking your heart with someone you trust, you would feel much better and lighter. Sharing your worries itself takes away half of the stress from you. Ask him/her for support and help in coming out of the traumatic after-effects.

  • Try to change your environment for some time.

Try to change your space for some time. Move to a new location or visit your favorite place and stay there for a couple of weeks or months. It would help you in overcoming your stress within a shorter time.

  • Make some lifestyle changes.

Make some important lifestyle changes to overcome your stress. For example, develop a good morning/night routine, start eating a nutritious and healthy diet, or take some time for self-care, etc.

  • Lookup for a professional/medical help

If nothing helps, seek professional advice so that you can control your stress at the right time. Make sure to follow the proper medical treatment, therapies, antidepressants, or other medications to get out of your traumatic event stress.

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