Time does not always heal past wounds. Adults who have experienced past trauma and abuse as children or adolescents can still be experiencing the symptoms of this trauma many years later. It can be in the form of nightmares, flashbacks, the inability to feel safe or difficulties in relationships and maintaining a job.
For some people the trauma of the past haunts them 20, 30 or 40 years later without warning. Suddenly they experience flashbacks, as if they are reliving the traumatic experience again and again.
Traumatic events can include: near-death experiences; witnessing someone being killed; or suffering from torture, domestic violence, physical or emotional abuse, childhood abuse and many other forms of abuse. It can include the experience of trauma on a regular basis or as a single incident.
Sometimes the torment of past trauma makes you feel as though you will never be able to escape the past and would have to suffer it throughout the rest of your life. Well, you don’t have to suffer. With the help of psychotherapy and psychological education you can acquire the appropriate tools and skills to deal with the trauma of the past and free yourself from it.