PTSD emotional abuse victims. Yes it can be helped!
Emotional stress is specific condition of mental and emotional character. It usually manifests itself as a result of emotional abuse, when a person is going through difficult situations, which affect his psyche for a long time or neglect the social, emotional or spiritual needs. If a person has experienced emotional abuse, fear, violence and helplessness, there is a risk of PTSD development.
Emotional trauma may occur in result of:
- best friend or life partner betrayal;
- physical or verbal abuse;
- death of a close one;
- wrong relationship or career choice;
- alcohol or drugs abuse of the family members;
- increase in demands of the parents, teacher, boss or life partner.
The memory of emotional trauma
The memory of emotional trauma exists outside of time and, therefore, cannot remain in the past. That is why it is very difficult and simply impossible at first to remember and tell about the trauma as if it was ordinary life event. Fragmentary memories, which break into a person’s life appear very realistic, as if the traumatic event is happening right now. At the same time the feeling arises, as if the person is not able to control one’s own mind, which is pretty scary.
The loss of life perspectives
In acute traumatic situation, a person begins to live from day to day without looking further ahead. Inability to imagine one’s own possible future is associated with the fact that the life story was torn by emotional trauma and has lost its coherence and continuity.
Emotional abuse and fundamental beliefs
In common psychological models of PTSD there is a specific parameter between the act of violence and emotional response, which is called comprehension. Traumatic event undermines the fundamental concepts about the outside world, which induce to different types of activities. During the traumatic event and after it a person feels helpless, weak and wasted. It is no wonder that people want to get away from this world, and they often do so – some of them commit suicide, others find different ways of escaping, which help to “turn off” the outside and even the internal world (alcohol and drugs abuse).
Comprehension of emotional trauma
Soon after the act of emotional abuse people often do not want to think and talk about the trauma and this fact really helps them to survive and focus on the necessary activities. However, it is more important that people could reevaluate and accept the traumatic event and then turn this experience into their life story, even if it needs some time.
Methods of psychological help
Means of psychological and psychotherapeutic help for those, who have experienced emotional abuse, are largely aimed at restoration and / or reevaluation of coherent living position. In order to liberate from negative intrusive memories and become actively and responsibly involved in the present again, it is necessary to regain control over emotional reactions and transfer the traumatic experience to its proper place in general time perspective of the person’s life history.
An important step in overcoming the adverse psychological effects of emotional abuse are social activities of the person, aimed at restoration of his rights and justice or compensation for moral damage – these actions can demonstrate the intention to regain control over the person’s life again.