More than half of adult Americans have suffered trauma, and it affects people of all ages and comes in many forms. Physical, emotional and psychological trauma can significantly impact the quality of life, making it difficult to work, perform in school, enjoy relationships, hobbies and more. Left unaddressed, trauma can lead to substance abuse, addiction issues and mental health issues. LifeWorks NW is ready to holistically support our clients’ needs throughout Portland Oregon in Clackamas County, Multnomah County and Washington County.

Causes of Trauma

Trauma has a wide range of causes. Oftentimes, intensely stressful and emotional occurrences result in some form of trauma. The most common examples of isolated or repeated experiences that lead to trauma include:

  • Domestic violence
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Natural disasters
  • Severe injury or illness
  • Car accidents
  • Bullying or harassment
  • Hazing
  • Childbirth
  • Death of a loved one
  • Witnessing violence
  • Any other physically or emotionally harmful event.

If you, or someone you know, has experienced any of the above situations, the highly compassionate and knowledgeable team of LifeWorks NW is here for support.

Trauma Symptoms

After a traumatic event, symptoms can occur immediately or up to several months after the event. The symptoms range from minimal to severe and appear in both emotional and physical forms. Common signs of trauma include:

  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Hopelessness
  • Mood swings
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Headaches
  • Trembling
  • Panic attacks
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Avoiding certain events or environments
  • Changes in sleeping pattern

What are the Three Types of Trauma?

Acute Trauma: A single, one-time extreme event that impacts a person’s ability to control emotions and feel physically safe.
Chronic Trauma: Prolonged, long-term exposure to a traumatic event. This type of trauma is caused by ongoing, severe occurrences, such as domestic or sexual abuse, harassment or war.
Complex Trauma: Typically a result of abuse, violence or neglect, complex trauma involves the experience of multiple traumatic events.

It is important to understand that trauma can significantly affect physical, emotional and mental health. A person who has experienced trauma benefits from support and treatment to avoid developing mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

Trauma Services

Trauma-informed care involves the combination of holistic care and behavioral health, addressing both physical and mental needs. The LifeWorks NW team is made up of mental health professionals with a range of cultural, educational and training backgrounds. To support those who have experienced trauma, our locations throughout the Portland area provide therapy, crisis treatment, peer teams and more. We understand how intimidating and difficult it can be to seek help for trauma. The LifeWorks NW team is here to answer any of your questions, so feel free to contact us today.