Five Things You Should Know About Urban Trauma
frequent anxiety and panic attacks, and significant presentation of dissociation- the process when one mentally attempts to escape the reality of the trauma ever occurring.
Increased substance use and abuse have been strongly connected to coping with traumatic experiences. A person may find comfort in drugs that they feel allows them to “escape” the pain, memories, and even people associated with the trauma. Substances can range from alcohol and marijuana to opioids or cocaine.
Trauma memories never go away. No matter how we want to forget it ever happened, the details of the event- people, places, and things, it becomes a part of our lives. The trauma experiences position us to become a survivor of the circumstance.
Healing is always possible when you experience trauma. Trauma impacts all humans and it is an event that causes mental and physical reactions in the body. It must be addressed. Help must be obtained. Support must be available. Communities must have resources.
If you have experienced trauma and you feel your life has been mentally and physically affected, please seek help immediately. Individual counseling and support groups may help. Give yourself time to allow the process to work. Your journey to healing is life-long so be patient, stay connected, and believe that you are a survivor.
Kimberly Thomas, Ed. D. in Counseling Psychology is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago, Illinois. She specializes in Partner Violence Intervention, Substance Use Disorders, and Anger Management. Her volunteer work includes helping build faith-based community programs, workshops, and community awareness campaigns. When Dr. Thomas is not working, she enjoys being a mother, singing and attending retreats.