You might know someone who has experienced a traumatic event or you yourself might have experienced a traumatic event. This can take the form of a car accident, natural disaster, act of terrorism, sexual/physical assault, military combat, or any form of violence.
Some people feel the effects of such experiences even after the event has ended. Some experience nightmares or feeling keyed-up or edgy. Others might feel numb or emotionally cut-off. Some might alternate between feeling all of the above. This can be confusing and scary. It can also affect relationships with family members, friends, or co-workers.
Many times, people find ways to deal with these problems/issues in ways that are ultimately harmful. To cope with these problems/issues, some people may turn to alcohol, drugs, and self-destructive behaviors while others might get involved in dangerous situations. In some instances, some feel that they are shattered emotionally and feel worried about their future and withdraw from life.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of these problems/issues, it could be beneficial to consult with a mental health professional, even if it feels like there is no solution to the problem.
Dr. Scherman works with people to develop healthier alternatives to cope with their problems, increase their ability to tolerate and manage difficult emotions, and help move past what is keeping them trapped so that they can find a sense of fulfillment and happiness in their lives.