How a Trauma Therapist Can Help with Depression and Anxiety Therapy
Experiencing a traumatic event can sometimes lead to other mental health conditions such as PTSD, depression, or anxiety. This does not always happen, but does frequently occur. A trauma therapist can help you work through your feelings in all these areas. You will be able to safely process what happened, your actions, and your emotions about the event so that you can move past it and continue to live a happy, healthy life.
We get a lot of questions about trauma, depression, and anxiety at Perceptions Counseling Center, so we've put together this guide to help answer some of the basics.
What is a trauma?
Trauma is defined by Oxford as "a deeply distressing or disturbing experience". It can be the result of any negative event that profoundly impacts the victim. Examples include rape, domestic violence, natural disaster, severe illness or injury, death of a loved one, or more. It's important to note that the victim is the one who can say whether or not an event was traumatic. No two people experience the world in the same way so an event that is traumatic for one, might not be or might be less traumatic to another.
What is depression?
Depression is a common but serious mental health condition that affects half of all people at some point in their life. It is characterized by lowered moods, sadness, hopelessness, loss of enjoyment in life, and more. Although it's normal to feel sad sometimes, when the sadness lasts for two weeks or more and interferes with a person's daily life, depression is often considered as a possible diagnosis. Without depression therapy, sufferers sometimes turn to self-harm or suicide.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is your body's natural "fight or flight" response to stressful situations. It's perfectly normal, and even expected, to experience it throughout your life. However, if you feel intense, excessive, or persistent worry and fear that makes living your daily life too difficult, you may wish to seek out anxiety therapy. Common symptoms of anxiety include headaches, trouble sleeping, fast heart rate, rapid breathing, spiraling thoughts, and excessive sweating, among others.
Seeking Out a Trauma Therapist
If you have experienced a trauma, you may or may not also experience depression or anxiety. You are not required to experience these feelings in order to speak with a trauma therapist. No matter your situation, you are welcome at Perceptions Counseling Center of Southern Nevada. Please give us a call at 702-850-8700 to speak with a trauma therapist. We can work with your insurance and get you set up for a consultation appointment to begin your journey towards healing.