Experiencing trauma can affect people in different ways and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, caused by the prolonged symptoms of emotional or psychological trauma) is typically not a cut and dry diagnosis and will sometimes go undiagnosed. A traumatic event can include experiencing a natural disaster, being a victim of sexual assault, or something less violent — even living in a situation with constant stress, like dealing with a chronic illness. Events that happen unexpectedly, repeatedly, in childhood or a situation where you feel powerless or when someone is intentionally cruel can lead to emotional and psychological trauma.

Symptoms can range from anger and irritability, guilt, confusion and difficulty concentrating to insomnia or nightmares or muscle tension and fatigue. They don’t have to point to the trauma, but can affect everyday life. If you have experienced trauma or know someone who has and are having a difficult time functioning at home or work or keeping relationships, therapy can help.

Psychologists have been able to help those who have experienced trauma and need to work through the emotions that accompany a traumatic event. If you have experienced a traumatic event and have not been able to work through the emotional nature of the event, you may want to seek psychological help. Dr. Sunda Friedman TeBockhorst, Ph.D. at the Metis Center for Psychological Services in Boulder, CO can help by offering therapy that focuses on your needs that are specific to your situation. Find a way out of the symptoms you experience and begin to live your life to the full through therapy. Call us at 720-403-2012 to set up a consultation.