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Trauma Therapy, When Rainy Days Turn Into Rainy Seasons

Have you ever had your own, personal rainy day? Yeah, I know, that’s a dumb question.

Traumatic Events
Dealing with Rainy Seasons (Traumatic Events)

We’ve all had our rainy days from time to time. You wake up and whether it is something specific or something is just “off,” we are out of sync, and we might feel kind of small and deflated.

What do you do when a rainy day turns into a rainy season, a rainy year or a rainy decade? When those rainy days become perpetuated, it can seem like the only thing to do is give into them. Accept that they have taken over and just let the darkness win.

Occasionally Giving In

Sometimes, when a rainy day comes along, it is okay to give in. Climb under the covers, watch Netflix with some hot chocolate and wait for it to pass; however, those days should be few and far between.

What do we do when our rainy days don’t go away?

Many of us are quick to run to the doctor, looking for meds to solve our problems. For some, this is a necessity. We all have different brain chemistry, and sometimes it is necessary to take medication to help us feel “normal”; however, often I meet people who have experienced trauma but have not worked through it. They may be using these meds as a way to avoid understanding what they are feeling.

Trauma is defined as “a deeply distressing or disturbing experience” or “physical injury.”

Personally, I think most of us have experienced some trauma in life, some deeply distressing or disturbing experience. How could you not in the world we live in today? However, many feel the effects of that trauma through symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD, panic attacks, etc.

EMDR Trauma Counseling
Using EMDR to treat trauma.

Instead of working through the trauma to alleviate or rid ourselves of the symptoms, we run to the doctor to mask or avoid it. However, there are other options out there. For one, there is a therapeutic technique, called EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, which allows us to process through past traumas, providing a way to alleviate these symptoms.

The results have been nothing short of amazing. Don’t take my word for it though, do your research. It is approved by the World Health Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs for the treatment of PTSD symptoms.

Another option for healing is Utah Family Therapy’s Intensive Outpatient Program for individuals struggling with depression, OCD, anxiety caused by trauma.

You don’t have to live with perpetual rainy days anymore. It ‘s hard to face the past, but it may be the only way to ensure a bright future!

Katie Winn, Matthew Montano, Brad Tanner Trauma Therapy Near You • 801.901.0279