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There are two types of trauma, single incident, such as an auto accident or robbery, and ongoing, such as childhood abuse or service in a war zone. The results of both, called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), can be similar. People who have experienced trauma may startle easily, have difficulty falling asleep or trouble concentrating, and feel more detached from others. Another manifestation of PTSD is recurring memories or dreams about the event or events.

These painful memories can easily be triggered when you are confronted with similar cues or circumstances. Traumatized people may spend a great deal of energy avoiding activities, places or people in order to avoid being reminded of or re-experiencing the painful event(s). This can mean not driving by the scene of the accident, or more extremely, not getting into a loving relationship for fear of being hurt again.

Sometimes the feelings related to the trauma ease with the passage of time, although this may not happen, especially if your pain is severe. One way of healing, even though difficult, is to talk with others about what happened. Both individual and group modes of counseling are helpful.

For some people abused as children, it can be helpful to join an abuse survivors' group.

Individual therapy provides a private, focused, and safe context to work through trauma and its impact. In individual therapy, you regain your ability to cope, manage distressing experiences, and learn to separate past trauma from the present so you can stop reliving painful memories.