Understanding Emotional Scar- How to Deal with it?

Seema Rai
Seema Rai

Although, many people suffer from everyday problems and stress. Emotional Scar is referred to as the enduring effect of any past Trauma or emotional distress. In simple words, it means an emotional response to a distressing or depressing set of events. Emotional scars mainly can be of three types- Acute, Chronic, and Complex. The causes and symptoms can vary from person to person. It can cause an individual to suffer from shock, confusion, anger, fear, guilt, anxiety, depression, or difficulty concentrating even on simple everyday tasks.

What Exactly is Emotional Scar?

Emotional Trauma is experienced by every individual regardless of his or her gender, sexuality, race, caste, or religion. Likewise, physical scars and emotional scars do not cause pain. They inherit the mind of the anguished personality and cause emotional/mental distress. It can come randomly, giving the individual sudden flashbacks of past emotional wounds.

Causes of Emotional Scar?

These mental scars may be caused by any single event, any conflicts between relations, any physical changes, or lifestyle changes. It can also be caused by any ongoing event or past traumatic event. Traumatic events during childhood can also be a major cause- one’s suffering from Emotional Trauma. This can occur from distressing events like physical/mental torture, or any type of sexual abuse.

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Different Types of Trauma

Traumas can be mainly divided into three types- Acute, Chronic, and Complex.

1. Acute –

It is primarily the outcome of a single traumatic incident, such as an accident, rape, assault, or natural disaster. The event is severe enough to endanger the person’s emotional or physical well-being. The event leaves an indelible imprint on the person’s psyche. If not treated medically, it can have an impact on how a person thinks and behaves.

2. Chronic –

It occurs when a person is subjected to a series of distressing, traumatic events over a long period. Chronic trauma can be caused by a long-term major illness. By any sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, or exposure to traumatic conditions like war. Many acute trauma experiences, as well as untreated acute trauma, can lead to this.

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Chronic trauma symptoms frequently arise years, if not decades, after the occurrence. The symptoms are extremely distressing and can include erratic or labile emotional outbursts, anxiety, excessive wrath, flashbacks, weariness, bodily aches, headaches, and nausea. These people may have trust issues, and as a result, they do not have secure relationships or careers.

3. Complex –

It is the outcome of exposure to a variety of stressful events or situations. The occurrences take place in the framework of an interpersonal (between people) connection. Complicated trauma frequently harms a person’s thinking. Those who have been victims of childhood abuse, neglect, marital violence, family disagreements, and other recurring events, such as civil turmoil, may exhibit it.

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It has an impact on a person’s overall health, relationships, and work or school performance. Regardless of the form of trauma, if a person is having difficulty recovering from upsetting experiences, they should get timely psychiatric care. A skilled psychologist can assist a person who has had a traumatic experience.

What are some of the main reactions to Trauma?

Common Emotional and Behavioral Responses to Trauma

  • Shock
  • Denial
  • Confusion
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Flashbacks to the event
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Distant from family and friends

Common Physical Responses to Trauma

  • Insomnia
  • Disrupted Sleeps
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches and Chest pain
  • Unexpected Chronic pains
  • Unchallenged Health Diseases

In severe cause, it can also cause brain damage, memory loss, dysregulation, emotional detachment, and emotional unavailability.

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How to heal Emotional Trauma?

Try out these tips to clear your head and control your Emotional Trauma-

  1. Improvise your sleep schedule, complete your sleep cycle on a regular basis
  2. If you are feeling alone or depressed- Try out talking to your loved ones, close friends
  3. Meditate sometime
  4. Look for new hobbies and unexplored passions
  5. Accumulate your mind with soft and calm thoughts
  6. Positivity should be your uppermost key
  7. Always focus on developing new skills

Accepting and understanding your emotional stress is the first step you can do to minimize your mental health. Taking control of your emotions as your issues are the first step towards your mental growth.

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