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Trauma

Trauma services offered in Tempe, Gilbert and Tucson, AZ

Trauma

Dealing with a traumatic experience can feel overwhelming, but you don't have to face it alone. Priti Patel, MD, and the team offer expert support and guidance at Calm Psych in Gilbert and Tempe, Arizona. Their collaborative approach aims to help you understand the root cause of trauma and develop healthy coping strategies to move forward. If you experience a traumatic event, call Calm Psych or schedule an appointment online today.

What is trauma?

Trauma is how your mind and body react to a deeply distressing experience. It can affect how you feel and behave long after the event has happened. Trauma may result from a single event or an ongoing situation. Many experiences can be traumatic, including:

  • Severe accidents
  • Sexual or physical assault
  • Childhood abuse
  • Serious health problems
  • Death of a loved one
  • War

There is no right way to respond to trauma. It affects everyone differently and may even change how you view yourself and the world around you.

How does trauma affect a person?

Trauma can affect you physically, emotionally, and mentally, interfering with many aspects of your life. Common effects of trauma include:

  • Flashbacks or intrusive memories
  • Fear
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Nightmares
  • Withdrawing from friends or family
  • Confusion
  • Guilt or shame
  • Headaches, stomachaches, or muscle aches

Addressing trauma as soon as possible is essential to prevent it from causing long-term effects on your mental and physical health.

Can trauma ever go away on its own?

Trauma may lessen over time, but it’s difficult to overcome without the right tools and coping strategies. The experienced professionals at Calm Psych work together to help you understand and manage your trauma. They welcome open communication and are always a phone call or text message away, so you never have to feel alone. 

With an experienced therapist, physician, and support staff, you can get personalized support to overcome trauma.

What are some treatments for trauma?

At Calm Psych, treatments for trauma may include psychotherapy techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, or family therapy. Your provider may also recommend support groups to help you connect with others experiencing the effects of trauma. 

Medications like antidepressants and serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can also help you manage some of the physical and mental symptoms of trauma, like anxiety, depression, and sleep disruptions.

A combination approach is usually most effective in helping you regain control and work through trauma. Your Calm Psych expert can assess your needs and develop a personalized plan for treating trauma.

Call Calm Psych today or schedule an appointment online to receive effective, compassionate care for trauma.