Trauma Related Difficulties
Traumatic events can drastically impact the lives of those that experience them. Trauma is considered as any event that causes psychological or physical harm to you or to others. People are often mistaken in that they believe something must happen to you directly in order for it to be considered a traumatic experience, but simply watching someone go through it themselves can be just as damaging to your mental wellbeing. Trauma, in short, is an event that exceeds your ability to cope and has a negative effect on your ability to function psychologically. These events don’t have to be life-threatening, instead they can leave you feeling lost, hopeless, and overwhelmed.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, occur to due to exposure / repeated exposure to ‘Big T Trauma’.
PTSD can cause unwanted memories of the traumatic experience to reoccur in the form of flashbacks or nightmares. Complex PTSD comes as a result of prolonged / repeat exposure to traumatic events. Someone with Complex PTSD may struggle with their ability to maintain their attention or focus and may experience dissociation.
Stress, Anxiety & Low Mood in Adults
As a culture we have become accustomed to stress as a normal part of everyday life. Stress is our natural response to external pressures. This inbuilt response, whilst being completely natural, can also have a detrimental impact on our life when not managed properly. Stress can be helpful and appropriate, but it can also cause wear and tear on the body and mind when experienced in excess. This can lead to chronic and long-term difficulties, impacting our relationships and focus.
Anxiety is a cousin of stress. It can manifest in many ways. Anxiety can leave you feeling panicked and unsafe. It can create a profound physical change in your body leaving you breathless and sweating. Some common forms of anxiety are generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, agoraphobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Stress, Anxiety and Low Mood in Young People
As a society we apply so much pressure on young people which is often unwarranted. This pressure may come from school, home, or the internet and social media. This is especially more stressful when you are trying to discover your identity and are unclear as to why you act as you do. As a result low moods and anxiety are a natural part of growing up, and should be expected. This being said, if what you are experiencing / feeling is constant, it might be useful to talk to a professional who isn’t a parent or teacher.
There are plenty of tools Dr Gurpreet Kaur can give you to help manage your stress, anxiety, and low mood. You can even take forward with you into adult life. Contact Surrey Psychology and book in today.