I have been attending regular physical therapy over the last several months to help correct an injury in my ankle. And while at my appointment today, I got to thinking about emotional trauma. It’s interesting how after suffering a physical injury, we take steps to heal and recover. We nurse our injuries and protect ourselves with splints, casts, and braces. We ice and elevate. We modify our physical activity to ensure proper healing.
What about emotional injury?
Emotional wounds can result from physical and psychological trauma. Many of us are carrying around emotional baggage from past traumatic experiences. Yet, we tend not to be as attentive to emotional injuries as we are to physical ones. Maybe it is because we think that if it is in the past it doesn’t affect us anymore. However, that cannot be further from the truth. Past traumatic experiences can affect us in many ways: changed sleep patterns, causing anxiety and depression, leading to relationship problems, and manifesting physically in the body through headaches or body pains. And trauma does not necessarily have to be a result of a life-threatening experience. It can result from losing a loved one or an emotionally disturbing event.
We go to great lengths to heal our physical trauma. Why not give the same care and attention to heal our emotional trauma?
~ Andrea Gargano, LCPC