Researchers have found that most people overcome the effects of trauma in their lives or high stress, but some people have great difficulty after traumatic events, such as the arrest of someone they love, or after being abused in a domestic relationship. Others have difficulty, and it seems that those who do have difficulty may have some genetic tendencies to become depressed and to be symptomatic after trauma and stress.
People who have few supports in their lives may also be more prone to symptoms after trauma or stress, such as deep depression. It has also been shown that people who are depressed are more likely to experience other symptoms as well, up to and including full blown post traumatic stress disorder.
An article in the Psychiatric Times includes the following things to help people recover from traumatic emotional wounds. You may have to sign up in order to read the full article (I did) but that’s okay and gives you a wide range of articles on psychology and healing from trauma.
It is up to us to work on our own healing, but also if we need it, to seek professional help in doing so. As a professional in mental health it was difficult for me to accept that I needed outside help, but I fully recognize that I did after experiencing full blown PTSD after my husband’s accidental death and the problems with my son sending someone to kill me. Recovery from very traumatic incidents can be a long process but it is worth it in the end, because life becomes worth living again.
When working with high-risk persons to increase resilience, preventive measures involve helping them regularly adopt some combination of the following resilience-promoting actions:
• Imitate resilient role models
• Cultivate positive emotions and optimism
• Face fears
• Solve problems rather than avoid them
• Learn from failure
• Constructively re-frame stressful or traumatic events
• Use social supports
• Stay physically fit
• Seek meaning in life
• Cultivate spirituality and religion
• Help others
• Accept what cannot be changed
• Set realistic goals and work toward achieving them
• Do not give up
• Search for opportunity in adversity
• Learn and grow from what fate hands you with grace and dignity
The above list of things we can do to help facilitate recovery from traumatic events in our lives is a good start in working toward healing and recovering our zest for and enjoyment of life, rather than live in deep depression because of events we cannot control. God bless.