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Trauma Rehab Centers

About Trauma

Physical trauma is fairly well understood: a serious wound or injury, often requiring physical therapy in order to make a full recovery. Mental trauma can be just as debilitating, and may well require rehabilitation of a different sort. Trauma rehab centers can help the victims of emotional trauma recover and resume their productive lives.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Most people think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as the result of service in a war combat zone, and that does indeed account for a great many cases. However, there are many other sources of trauma that can have equally devastating effects. The victim of a crime, whether it is rape, robbery, assault or any number of other terrifying events, may well have flashbacks, become depressed or anxious, be unable to sleep, withdraw from connections with other people, be unable to concentrate or exhibit other symptoms of PTSD. Living through a disaster is also likely to cause PTSD in a great number of people, whether it is a natural occurrence such as an earthquake or tsunami or a disaster of human origin, such as the terrorist attacks of 9/11. A severe auto accident, a devastating illness, the loss of a loved one — all these are events that generate significant stress and mental trauma.

Trauma in Children

All the events that cause trauma in adults can also cause trauma in children. Sexual abuse and physical abuse are common causes of symptoms such as bedwetting, clinginess, regression or acting out. Because of their limited understanding, however, other events that an adult might handle without the need for professional intervention may have traumatic implications for children. Parents going through a divorce certainly have a lot of emotional issues, but for young children who don’t understand what’s happening, a divorce can be severely traumatic.

Seek Help in Dealing with Trauma

Help for victims of trauma is available on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. If you are able to negotiate the demands of daily life with reasonable competency, you might want to undergo a course of counseling sessions on an outpatient basis. However, you should consider residential treatment very seriously if your home situation is abusive, if you are unable to cope with day-to-day situations, or if you have been self-medicating with drugs or alcohol and have become addicted.  Alcoholism and addiction are often co-existing conditions with PTSD, and both must be treated for a successful recovery.