Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders

Trauma and stress-related disorders are a set of psychiatric diseases that develop after a traumatic or stressful incident. They include posttraumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, and acute stress disorder. Although the presence of a trigger event is required to confirm a diagnosis, these three conditions frequently exhibit symptoms that are similar to those of other psychiatric disorders, such as depression and anxiety. It is crucial to know the type of the triggering event, the timing of the triggering event and the beginning of symptoms, and the severity of symptoms because trauma- and stressor-related disorders have many characteristics in common.

Following a traumatic event, a person may develop an Acute Stress Disorder (ASD). It is a mental health condition that causes a range of psychological symptoms and without recognition or treatment, it can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Frequent forgetfulness
  • Recurrent aches and pains
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Stiff jaw or neck
  • Trouble in sleeping patterns: Disrupted sleep, and nightmares. 
  • Stomach issues
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Hypervigilance
  • Numbness
  • Experiencing unwanted ideas or visions of the event(s) 
  • Avoiding reminders of those event(s) 

It can be challenging to deal with trauma and stress-related conditions, but getting assistance when needed is crucial. Treatments for traumatic incidents include therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. Other coping strategies include using relaxation techniques, learning healthy coping strategies, and keeping a strong support network. Additionally, medication may be prescribed to treat symptoms like depression and anxiety. To improve general well-being and manage trauma and stress-related problems, taking care of oneself and seeking professional assistance when necessary is essential.

By offering a secure and encouraging setting for people to process and make sense of their experiences, therapy can help in treating trauma and stress-related disorders. People can learn how to control their emotions and thoughts, as well as how to cope with triggers and symptoms. Additionally, therapy may assist people in developing self-awareness and self-compassion, which can enhance their mental health and general well-being. 

At TBC, our Lebanese Therapists in Dubai provide therapy sessions in Arabic, French, and English to help clients overcome mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as occupational therapy, psychomotor and speech therapy.