Therapist Sends One Major Warning To Traumatized Patients
A therapist has warned traumatized persons to desist from isolating themselves from loved ones.
In a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria, a speech therapist Maryam Maifada said this.
Maifada warned that isolation could lead to traumatised persons falling into depression.
She said that self-isolation was instrumental to cases of depression and then suicide.
According to her, trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event. These include accidents, rape, or natural disaster.
“While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty in moving on with their lives. Psychologists can help such individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions.”
She enlisted two types of trauma and they are:
“Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter the sense of security, making a person feel helpless in a dangerous world.
“Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that would not go away; it can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people.
“While emotional trauma is a normal response to a disturbing event, it becomes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), when your nervous system gets ‘stuck’ and you remain in psychological shock.”
She, further insisted that such people should not isolate themselves.
“Connecting to others face-to-face will help you heal, so make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone.”
She said recovering from trauma might sometimes take time. The speech therapist advised that if months passed and there were still symptoms, one might need professional help from a trauma expert.
She added that exercises could also help in trauma healing.
Maifada noted that:
“Exercise or move, jump up and down, swing your arms and legs, or just flail around; your head will be clear and you will find it easier to connect.”
She also advised traumatised persons to stop talking about their experiences. Rather, they should engage in conversations with people.
Source: PUNCH HealthWise