Trauma and PTSD in Adults
Trauma comes in a broad range of forms and levels of severity. Whether it is a one-time occurrence like living through a tornado or car accident, or an ongoing series of events like experiencing childhood sexual abuse over many years, trauma is painful and takes its toll. Many people wonder why traumatic memories “just don’t go away.” Traumatic memories aren’t able to be stored by the brain in the same way that non-traumatic memories are. In one sense, you could say that the brain doesn’t have an adequate “filing system” for those memories. Unfortunately, this means that the painful emotional material can be re-triggered and we may have old memories and emotions wash over us as if it was all happening to us again right here in the present. Learning about trauma, the common reactions that occur as a result, and the healing process and/or how to be a supportive caregiver or friend is very important.
Faith and Trauma: For Christians who have experienced a traumatic incident(s), having the support of a church family can provide a supportive community as well as provide a framework for dealing with suffering. Despite having these supports, it is very common for Christian people to have questions, doubts, and confusion as to why a traumatic event has occurred. This is normal. Give yourself and others time and compassion to work through things.
Get Help: Don’t hesitate to contact ACCFS or another mental health professional to get help in processing through the impact of trauma in yourself or in others. Effective treatments are available and having someone to guide you through the healing process can reduce the suffering and move the healing process along.
For Further Information:
Helping Someone with PTSD: Helping a Loved One with PostTraumatic Stress Disorder
This site provides helpful information for family members of someone experiencing PTSD. [helpguide.org]
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Symptoms, Treatment, and Self-Help for PTSD
This site provides information and ideas for the individual who is experiencing PTSD. [helpguide.org]
Biblical Insights on Trauma
When Tragedy Strikes – Finding Security in A Vulnerable World
This booklet provides guidance for dealing with the emotional and spiritual issues that arise after traumatic experiences (e.g., natural disasters, tragic accidents, and violent crimes). [ODB Ministries]
After the Hurricane
This booklet explains how to respond to and understand calamities, disasters and tragedies. It was written primarily for those who help individuals impacted by tragedies, such as relief workers. [ODB Ministries]
Resources for Adults Healing from Trauma and PTSD
Life After Trauma: A Workbook for Healing
Authors: Dena Rosenbloom, Mary Beth Williams
This 352-page workbook helps survivors of various types of trauma rebuild their lives. The book includes step-by-step chapters that guide you toward developing resources for coping, self-understanding, and self-care.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Author: Bessel van der Kolk
This 464-page book provides a comprehensive look at what trauma is and the many ways it afflicts the lives of human beings. After making trauma and its fallout more understandable, the author charts a path for healing for trauma survivors. This is an excellent book for individuals who want to better understand and support a loved one who has experience trauma.
Resources for Adults Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse
When Trust is Lost
This booklet provides an excellent overview of the impact of sexual abuse and the steps for healing. [ODB Ministries]
The Wounded Heart
Author: Dan B. Allender
This resource gives hope for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse. It brings the realities of damaging human experience into the perspective of a loving God and blends a keen understanding of the dynamics of sexual abuse with the practical application of Christian truth.
The Wounded Heart – Companion Workbook
Authors: Dan B. Allender, Karen Lee-Thorp
This 201-page workbook is a companion to The Wounded Heart book. It is designed to be used either in single study or in a group setting. It leads step-by-step through the process of change: facing the truth about past and present experiences and feelings; wrestling with God, other people, and self; and understanding the goals and fears that have determined how victims relate to others.
Resources for Adults Dealing with Post-Abortion Trauma and Loss
Post-Abortion Trauma and Loss [ACCFS]