In the recent past, the issue of mental health has been on the front burner of so many discussions, occupying a prime position, and one of the very facts to pints to this is trauma.
The American Psychological Association defines trauma as an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer-term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Psychologists can help these individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions. https://www.apa.org/topics/trauma
From the above, it is apparent that we all deal with one kind of trauma or the other, seeing that trauma is an emotional response, a stimulus that triggers a very unpleasant reaction. In so many cases, these stimuli build up over a while unexpressed, and these unexpressed emotions affect the individual who is the bearer negatively.
We have witnessed situations where individuals who find themselves in such cases react badly to seemingly trivial issues, more like looking for where to release those pent-up emotions. The result is, more often than not, very disastrous.
In this episode of the word café, we will look at what trauma is and how to handle it. I will be discussing this with Phinnah Chichi.
Phinnah Chichi is a passionate Parenting Teens Consultant and a Teens Coach (with a focus on Teen's Emotional Well-being, Mental Health & Personal Development)
She has worked with parents for over 15 years, helping parents with how to understand, communicate, connect and raise the responsible leaders of tomorrow.
She runs an Organisation called Parenting Teens Solutions Ltd, dedicated to Educating, Empowering, Encouraging, and Equipping parents with the right tools to help themselves and their teens as they navigate through the changes and challenges of the adolescent journey.
It is her mission to help, support, disrupt wrong parenting habits/norms, and transform the lives of families through serving both parents and their teens.
She is the host of the Parenting Teens Solutions Podcast (recently listed in the top 60 world podcast list for parenting teens). She is an author, an international speaker, and a mother to two young adults and two teenagers.