Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, physical injuries or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Mid-term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives.
Following an accident or a disaster, people frequently feel stunned, disoriented or unable to integrate distressing information. Once these initial reactions subside, people can experience a variety of thoughts and behaviour’s. Common responses can be:
• Intense or unpredictable feelings
• Changes to thoughts and behaviour patterns
• Sensitivity to environmental factors
• Strained interpersonal relationships
• Stress-related physical symptoms
Most of us who suffer trauma of various degrees manage to overcome the short and mid-term physical and mental response to trauma, however there a many who are not able move on and in this case often develop secondary illness, that can be life threatening and disruptive to their lives and to those around them. In these cases the intervention of a therapist and drugs are often necessary to help those suffers to regain some normality and quality of life. However there are drawbacks associated with many of these treatments that leave physical and emotional scars, sometimes worse than those associated with the original trauma. To minimise the impact of certain treatments on mid to long term emotional trauma, a greater discernment needs to be present, greater awareness of how certain drugs and medical advice can impact on your long term health and longevity.
At Balanced Energy we are trained to help our client recognise the emotions that are connected to the trauma. One of the key tools used in this process is Emotional Intelligence.
Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer form Yale and New Hampshire universities; have been the leading researchers in this field. In their article “Emotional Intelligence,” they defined emotional intelligence as, “the subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions” (1990)
We define Emotional Intelligence as the ability to recognize, understand and manage our own emotions and recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others.
During the treatment of mid to long term effects of emotional trauma we help our clients to:
• Perceive their Emotions
• Reason with their Emotions
• Understand their Emotions
• Manage their Emotions
For anyone who would like to increase the awareness of alternative methods in dealing with the stress and anxiety related emotional trauma, book now for my one day course: “Healing Depression and Anxiety”.