The Biology of Trauma

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The Biology of Trauma

So many different things can impact both mental health and physical health. It can be helpful to understand how mental and physical health can be correlated, especially when it comes to comprehensive wellness. If you’ve been through a traumatic event, you probably understand the physical toll that it can take on you. Keep reading to learn more about the biological components of trauma.

The Effects of Trauma

Experiences that lead to trauma vary greatly and can impact someone in different ways. It’s essential to remember that everyone has different experiences and will have different symptoms that result from trauma.

Increased Stress

There are a few different main ways that trauma can impact your body. Certain reminders of the initial incident can trigger a trauma response, which can lead to stress. Stress can weaken your immune system and be harmful to your neurology.

Interrupted Sleep

Trauma flashbacks can significantly impact someone’s sleep, especially if they have nightmares. Not getting enough sleep can be extremely harmful to the body and mind. Lack of quality sleep can impact the way you function on a daily basis. If you’re experiencing sleep disturbances as a result of a traumatic event, there are ways to work through this.

Altered Biology

Most astonishingly, trauma has the ability to potentially alter your genetics. While this doesn’t happen to everyone who has gone through a traumatic event, it is a possibility that can impact your personal biology. It’s also possible that those genetic changes can be passed down to future generations, commonly referred to as generational trauma.

Trauma-Informed Care

If you’re seeking mental health support to deal with trauma symptoms, then you must find a trauma-informed professional. They’ll have the experience needed to be able to provide you with effective treatment without risking re-traumatization.

At Avalon Malibu, we know how to successfully provide trauma-informed care to our clients. We’ve intentionally curated a team of professionals who are trauma-informed so that we can provide high-quality services to our clients and help them practice strategies that will reduce their trauma symptoms.

Learning about how trauma can impact the body can be a great way to better understand mental health and how to heal. At Avalon Malibu, we have members of our staff who specialize in treating trauma. Between our individualized programs and excellent staff, we’re one of the best mental health treatment centers available. You can rely on our services and the information we provide to achieve healing. You can reach us at (844) 857-5992 to learn more about treatment options. 

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