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Big T Trauma

Certain events stay with you. If they’re positive events — like your wedding — they fill you with warmth and happiness. But if they’re traumatic events, they can scar you for years. Now you can overcome big T trauma, as the fallout from major traumatic events is called, through treatment at Online Psychiatrists, serving patients in New York, New Jersey and Florida. Call today to schedule an appointment.


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Where Does Trauma Come From?

Everyone likes to feel a sense of control. Events that make you feel out of control can be traumatic. Often, it’s not the event itself, but your experience of the event that drives the trauma. Sometimes, two people can experience the same event, but only one ends up traumatized from it. This isn’t a judgement; it’s a sign that many factors are involved.

Therapists and researchers often categorize trauma into several classifications:

Big T trauma refers to single, devastating events. These may involve unexpected large-scale events that make the news — such as the 9-11 attacks — or personal, small-scale shocks that you, your friends and family feel like a gut punch — as in the sudden death of a loved one.

How Can I Deal with Big T Trauma?

Experiencing these types of trauma can lead to ongoing and debilitating responses. As a result, almost every area of your life gets affected. Many people associate big T trauma with a response that produces post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD-like symptoms. While that’s not completely incorrect, big T trauma affects individuals differently.

For any type of trauma, seek professional guidance with Online Psychiatrists. You must process it and find the best coping mechanisms to move forward. You can access expert psychiatric care from this practice if you:

  • Live in NY, FL or NJ
  • Can visit in-person
  • Want remote sessions via telepsychiatry

What Events Cause Big T Trauma?

Going through life sometimes leads to unexpected violence, illness or accidents. There are some events you just can’t prepare for and over which you have absolutely no control. These events may cause you to show symptoms of big T trauma. These events include:

  • Violent crimes, such as robbery, assault or rape
  • Childhood abuse, whether physical, sexual, or emotional
  • Childhood neglect
  • Combat, war trauma or terrorism
  • A bad car accident
  • Terminal illness
  • A natural disaster
  • Witnessing or experiencing near death or near fatal trauma
  • Watching someone else die
  • Sexual assault

Although you may go years without experiencing any of these events, if you’re like most people, you’ll have at least one big T trauma in your lifetime. Sometimes, the event doesn’t leave an emotional scar, but it often does. But help is available at Online Psychiatrists.

What Are the Effects of Big T Trauma?

Studies show that your brain and your body register big T trauma events on a cellular level. This cellular recording then causes you to retrigger your negative thoughts, emotions and physical reactions whenever anything happens that reminds you of the big T trauma event, consciously or unconsciously. It’s as if you’re re-experiencing the traumatic event in the present. Noticeable symptoms include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Hallucinations
  • Irritability
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness
  • Memory lapses
  • Dissociation
  • PTSD symptoms
  • A feeling of being haunted by the trauma
  • Engaging in deliberate actions, sometimes unhealthy ones, to avoid thoughts of the trauma and strong emotions
  • Impacts on your daily functioning

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As a survivor of big T trauma, you may feel frustrated. You can’t see any way to stop past events from impacting the present. There’s a sense of grief, knowing these events have changed you. Relationships often suffer. You may turn to alcohol, substance abuse, or other maladaptive behaviors to cope, requiring addiction treatment.

What Factors Inform How I Respond to Big T Trauma?

Each individual’s reaction to a trauma depends on several factors. Questions to ask yourself include:

  • What does my belief system say about traumas?
  • What has my past experience with trauma taught me?
  • How much control do I perceive I had during the trauma and how much do I feel I have now?
  • How tolerant of stress am I?
  • What values or morals do I have that may help or hinder may healing?
  • How likely am I to avoid strong emotions or scary thoughts?

Understanding your responses to these questions helps you feel a renewed sense of control. But there’s more you can do to strengthen yourself enough to encourage healing. For example, it may be easier to sit with strong emotions and scary thoughts in a therapist’s caring presence rather than alone, late at night. Having access to a trusted guide is one of the values of psychotherapy.

What’s the Healing Process Like?

As with many upsetting events, you feel isolated and alone, as if you’re the only one who has experienced these upsetting and life-changing emotions. One of the most effective aspects of therapy is the normalization process. Knowing that your emotions and reactions are normal relieves you of worry and helps you regain a sense of control.

At Online Psychiatrists, you discuss the connections between your experience and your body’s response, as well as behaviors that both help and harm. Having symptoms of big T trauma or PTSD isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s merely the sum of your past experiences and belief system.During and after trauma,

it’s often hard to put things in perspective. These strong feelings and upsetting thoughts don’t have to be permanent. Contact the psychiatrists who help you process the traumatic events, understand their effects on your life and find your new normal.

Updated on Nov 19, 2021 by Dr. Zlatin Ivanov (Psychiatrist ) of Online Psychiatrists

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