First Responders, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, and Substance Abuse
Trauma is an emotional response to a horrible event like an accident, sexual or physical abuse, or natural disaster. Trauma can also occur when you witness something horrible happening to someone else. Right after the event, many people may experience shock and denial. Longer-term reactions can include strong emotions such as anger or sadness, flashbacks, problems with relationships, and even physical symptoms like chest pain or stomach pain.
There is life after trauma. You may have tried to heal yourself, but you can't seem to find the way out, and you feel stuck. It may be time to ask for help. You do not have to live in the trauma you have seen or experienced. As a trained trauma therapist, I can help you work through these unpredictable emotions and fears that come with these events.
Anxiety is the mind and body's way of dealing with a stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situation, which is a normal human reaction. But, for some people, those fears and worries are not temporary. The anxiety never goes away and can even get worse over time. Anxiety can get in the way of someone's ability to function at work, school; it can get in the way of meaningful relationships. Anxiety takes over space in your brain until you cannot focus on anything else. You cannot remember conversations, promises made, dates, or times. Then comes the toll on the body; you may experience headaches, always feeling tired; you can't fall asleep because your mind just won't "shut off."
If everything seems intense, rushed, and stressed, If you have unexplained headaches, stomachaches or often feel sick, If you find yourself always worrying or nervous, you are avoiding situation because your self-conscious, or you are always looking for reassurance from those around you then it may be time to reach out for help.
Counseling can help reduce stress in your life. Together we can discover what is triggering anxiety and teach you valuable coping skills to manage your anxiety.
Many times, when someone hears the word depression, they think of someone unable to get out of bed; maybe they even think it is someone who spends their entire day crying and unable to pull themselves together. While this could be true in very severe cases, the reality is that most people don't realize that they are depressed. They can make it into work daily, they may even go out with friends, but everything feels dull.
If you find that you are unable to focus, you have little to no interest in socializing or participating in life, and you are feeling more tired than usual, feel hopeless, or may or may not have negative thoughts. Whether you are on the far end of the spectrum and deeply struggling or in a more functional place and better able to mask it, depression can rob you of so much joy.
You must be asking yourself, how can I deal with life's problems if I stop the one thing that helped me get through them. Your Substance of choice has been a reliable "friend,"so it's scary to give it up. I want to help you achieve and maintain sobriety. Let's explore the root of the problem by exploring the emotional factors inside you that drive your addiction. By understanding the underlying emotions you will be better able to manage the addiction yourself because you will know how to identify the emotion long before deciding to use.