Written & Reviewed by
Gaston Molina
Published on
December 29, 2021

Medically reviewed by Emilija, Gestalt Therapist and Psychologist

What is Trauma & PTSD – What to Do When it Triggered


Trauma is any event that a person perceives as harmful or threatening and has a long-lasting effect on that person’s well-being. Our brains protect itself from a traumatic event the best it can, often resulting in PTSD symptoms.

If you are a survivor of trauma, there are three things you should know. One- you are not alone. Two- what happened to you is not your fault. And three- healing is possible. Fitcy Health is an affordable, accessible online platform that can connect you with clinical psychologists and mental health experts qualified to treat PTSD and trauma. You have lived in the shadow of trauma for too long, it’s time to let healing take its place.

What is PTSD?

PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. It is the result of trauma- either one event or a collection of events throughout your life- that result in your brain developing a trauma response. It is not a sign of weakness or cowardice. Quite the opposite, it’s a sign of survival and resilience.

PTSD is exhausting, frightening, and can be debilitating. Fortunately, it is also treatable- with a 60-90% success rate from talk therapy alone. So, if you recognize two or more of the following symptoms in yourself or a loved one, reach out to a Fitcy Health online trauma therapist and we can get you the help you deserve.

PTSD symptoms:

  • Recurrent, painful dreams
  • Vivid flashbacks (feeling like the trauma is happening right now)
  • Emotional numbness
  • Jittery/always on edge
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hesitancy to open up to other people, even those you trusted before the trauma
  • Persistent fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame
  • Diminished interest in activities you previously enjoy
  • Difficulty feeling positive emotions
  • A general feeling of detachment from the world or yourself
  • Continuous feeling of discomfort in stomach and gut
  • Physical sensations such as pain, sweating, nausea or trembling
  • Intense distress at real or symbolic reminders of the trauma

PTSD is not all in your head; it is real, but so are the tools to fight it. Fitcy Health online psychologists can give you the tools you need to fight PTSD. Something did happen to you, and it is okay to admit it has changed you. You could not have chosen or controlled your trauma, but you can choose healing. Fitcy Health psychiatrists offer PTSD tests to determine diagnosis and get you the peace of mind you deserve.

What should I do when PTSD is triggered?

PTSD and trauma are something you live with 24/7. Sometimes, you’ll experience adverse symptoms when a therapist isn’t within reach. What then? How do you deal with the daily struggles of PTSD?Studies have shown talk therapy, as offered by our online counseling, is the most effective to treating PTSD. Trauma is never something you should have to deal with alone. Let our licensed therapists walk with you through the worst of it and help you build a healthier, happier future. With that said, coping mechanisms are essential in managing your PTSD symptoms in your day-to-day life. Here are the three strategies our trauma therapists recommend:

  • Box Breathing – Breathe in counting to four slowly. Feel the air enter your lungs. Hold your breath for 4 seconds. Slowly exhale through your mouth for 4 seconds. Repeat the steps until you feel your body slowing down. This is a known strategy for pulling your body out of flight or fight mode (triggered when your body think you’re at risk) and into a relaxed, safe spot.
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Technique – Name 5 things you can see around you, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. Bringing our attention to our senses grounds us in the present and counting the items interrupts the spinning of our thoughts.
  • Call a friend – Experiment with what makes you feel safe. Some people find talking through these moments helpful. For others, physical touch like a strong hug from a close friend can help them through the worse panic. Find what works for you and tell the people close to you. Create a safety plan for when you feel overwhelmed. Remember, you aren’t alone.

PTSD is real and can be debilitating, but it doesn’t have to derail your life. Through therapy, healing is possible. Talk to a Fitcy Health counselor today about PTSD treatment.

Gaston Molina
Medically Reviewed by Gaston Molina, Clinical Psychologist & Therapist

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