Although we all experience trauma in our own way, most people find it difficult to just “bounce back” — it can take days, weeks, even months. Family systems therapist and social worker Melissa De Klerk explains how to deal with trauma (see the five methods below), explore your feelings and gain a new perspective.
Common signs that you’re traumatised
Fatigue, lack of energy and health issues such as tensed muscles, headaches, upset stomach and low immunity are often experienced during trauma. Melissa has had patients who report lack of appetite, poor concentration and high anxiety levels. “Anxiety plays out in problems such as being ‘on edge’ and hyper-alert all the time, irritability, poor concentration and mood swings,” she says.
On an emotional level, patients may experience guilt, self-blame,…