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It is natural to feel fear during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many immediate changes in the body to ward off or escape from danger. This "fight-or-flight" response is a typical response designed to protect people from suffering. Almost everyone experiences a range of reactions after trauma, but most people recover naturally from the first symptoms.

Healing doesn't mean the pain never existed. It means that damage no longer controls our lives (Akshay Dubey).

Different Types of Trauma

Post-traumatic conditions include acute stress reactions, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and adjustment disorders. Important to all of this is that some sort of sudden or prolonged stressor is the factor causing the symptomatology.


An acute stress reaction typically occurs after an unexpected life crisis, such as B. a serious accident, sudden death or other traumatic event. The word "acute" means that the symptoms develop quickly but do not last long and therefore resolve within 2 to 3 days (often hours). The physical symptoms are caused by stress hormones such as adrenaline released into the bloodstream and over-activity of nervous impulses in different parts of the body.

PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people, usually 6 months after experiencing a shocking, frightening, or dangerous event. People with PTSD can feel stressed or anxious even when they are not in danger. Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. Das US National Center for PTSD  states that about 7 or 8 out of 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. According to research, women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and genes can make some people more likely to develop PTSD than others.

Adaptation Disorder

An adjustment disorder is an overreaction to a stressful or traumatic event. Stressors could be a relationship problem (e.g.,  divorce or breakup), job problems, health changes, or other negative or positive life events. Adjustment disorder is a short-term condition and symptoms usually improve over time. Adjustment disorders are best managed when they are recognized and treated early.

Treatment of Trauma

Talk therapy usually is the main treatment of trauma disorders. Since a situation or stress is what causes adjustment disorder, having someone to talk to that you trust and getting the tools you need to learn how to better cope with the situation can be really helpful.

Talk therapy is typically the main treatment for trauma-related disorders. Because a situation or stress is at the root of an adjustment disorder, having someone you trust and getting the tools you need to learn how to better deal with the situation can be very helpful .

As psychological therapists, at Praxis Alive we are there as part of your support system to enhance and build coping skills and tools to overcome trauma. You can always have one individual therapy session with us. 

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