Trauma Treatment Center in Scottsdale

Trauma is an emotional response to an event like an accident, rape or assault, or a natural disaster.

People who experience trauma may experience feelings like shock and denial at first, which can progress to flashbacks and unpredictable emotions that can strain relationships and cause difficulty in moving on. When this happens, a trauma treatment center in Scottsdale can help.

Understanding Trauma Disorders

Trauma-related disorders are a response to a distressing or disturbing event that can be chronic or singular. When the effects of a traumatic event progress to severe symptoms, it can impact emotional and cognitive development and nervous system stability.

Everyone processes trauma differently – what is traumatic to one person may not be to another, creating challenges in treating and diagnosing the mental health symptoms.

The initial effects of trauma may include:

  • Exhaustion
  • Sadness
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Dissociation
  • Numbness
  • Physical arousal
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These responses are common and impact most trauma survivors. As an immediate response, they are self-limited and psychologically effective.

The delayed effects of trauma may include:

  • Persistent fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Nightmares
  • Fear of recurrence
  • Anxiety focused on flashbacks
  • Depression
  • Avoidance of emotions or activities associated with trauma

If the response to trauma is more severe, it may include:

  • Continuous distress with no rest periods
  • Severe dissociation symptoms
  • Intrusive memories that affect feelings of security and safety

Types of Trauma Disorders

When people who experienced trauma have trouble returning to their normal state of mind afterward, it can progress to a mental health disorder connected to the experience – a trauma disorder.

Types of trauma disorders include:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a common and well-known trauma disorder that affects about 8 million adults in the US each year. PTSD occurs after a traumatic event and may include intrusive thoughts, avoidance behaviors, irritability, negative thoughts, insomnia, and self-destructive behaviors.[1]

Acute Stress Disorder (ASD)

Acute Stress Disorder is similar to PTSD but shorter in duration. It typically develops immediately after a traumatic event. Symptoms may include anxiety, dissociative symptoms, “reliving” the event, intense fear or helplessness, and avoidance behaviors.

Secondhand Trauma

This is a secondary traumatic stress disorder and comes from exposure to the firsthand trauma of someone else. First responders, social workers, physicians, nurses, counselors, attorneys, teachers, and even coroners are commonly at risk for secondhand trauma. The symptoms may include fear, anger, negativity, helplessness, guilt, and hypervigilance. Physical symptoms may also be present in someone dealing with secondhand trauma.

Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder (DSED)

This trauma disorder affects children who cannot form healthy attachments to their caregivers. Its symptoms include culturally inappropriate behavior, such as fearlessness around strangers, that may put safety at risk.

Adjustment Disorders

This disorder is temporary and may be triggered by traumatic events but warrant professional treatment. The symptoms may include frequent feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities, withdrawal from family and friends, insomnia, neglecting responsibilities, problems focusing, inappetence, and difficulty functioning in daily life.

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

This childhood disorder impacts children’s ability to maintain stable attachments to caregivers. The symptoms may include emotional withdrawal, lack of response, impaired emotional response, irritability, and fearfulness.

Unspecified Trauma-Related Disorders

These disorders have symptoms indicative of trauma-related conditions but may not meet the criteria for specific trauma disorders.

Trauma Treatment Services in Scottsdale AZ

Unhealed trauma can manifest as a loss of connection to self and impacts the quality of interpersonal relationships and overall wellbeing. Severe trauma-related disorders can have a devastating effect on how a person communicates, responds, engages, or disengages, copes with everyday stressors, and may progress to addiction or mental health disorders.

Healing Foundations Trauma Treatment Center in Scottsdale AZ
At Healing Foundations Center, we believe in treating trauma to improve the quality of life and empower people to find meaning and joy in life and enjoy emotional freedom. While some seek to treat their trauma symptoms with self-help books or podcasts that promise mindset shifts, they don’t treat the underlying cause of the issue. People feel better for a bit, only to end up in the same cycle with time.

We specialize in treating the effects of acute and chronic traumatic life events that can lead to disorders and symptoms like detachment, hypervigilance, reactivity, and depression. Some of the experiences and events we address include:

  • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
  • Neglect or abandonment in childhood
  • Intimate partner violence and interpersonal trauma
  • Accidents and disasters
  • Chronic distress in the home or community
  • Witnessing a traumatic event
  • Medical illnesses and procedures
  • Spiritual and religious abuse

Traumatic events can cause changes in the brain and nervous system that contribute to symptoms. Still, due to neuroplasticity and effective clinical modalities, the brain can be “rewired” to heal those wounds.

Some of our trauma-focused treatment modalities include:

We offer both individual trauma recovery outpatient care and an intensive outpatient program with weekly individual settings and small group therapy sessions.

Healing Foundations Center for Trauma Treatment in Scottsdale

If you or a loved one are seeking help for a trauma-related disorder following a traumatic event, Healing Foundations Center can help. We specialize in treating trauma-related disorders that arise from chronic stress and trauma and focus on whole-person healing. Contact us today to learn more about our trauma treatment program in Scottsdale.



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