Understanding what trauma responses are and how they affect your brain can help you spot these behaviors in yourself and others. After you understand these responses better, you can look for ways to cope with them. Coping with traumatic responses takes time and patience. It’s a good idea to make sure you have reasonable expectations for yourself.
Grief is a normal emotional process. We experience it anytime we undergo a loss. This loss might be the death of a loved one, loss of a job, or loss of life experiences, much like we’ve seen with the COVID pandemic.
Are you stuck in an unhealthy relationship? Do you feel like you have the same arguments repeatedly? Or maybe you’re noticing a pattern in the kinds of relationships you’re involved in over time. This doesn’t just have to be about romantic relationships, either. Maybe you keep making friends with people who take advantage of you. Or perhaps everywhere you work, it feels like you’re doing everything while others do nothing.
Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, or TF-CBT, can make a tremendous difference in your recovery. This is an evidence-based treatment model designed to help people overcome the negativity of traumatic experiences. This method is effective after multiple or single traumatic events. The idea behind TF-CBT is to help traumatized individuals fully process their trauma. There is also a significant focus on how to cope with the emotional stress of trauma.
Whenever we experience loss, we experience the complex process of grief. Grieving is a unique experience for each person. Many people can speak openly about their emotions while they grieve. Many other people keep their feelings private. If we put the grieving process on hold, regardless of whether it’s intentional, it will eventually play out, just more slowly.