Trauma PTSD & Chronic Illness

Depression, Trauma & Self-Medicating

Doug winter primary therapist ms lisac csat emdr

Doug Winter
Primary Therapist
Specializes in Trauma Resolution

Experiencing trauma, whether mentally or physically can lead to regret, disdain and places a burden on the unknown future of one’s life. Facing the fact that life will now be altered by the preceding events can often time lead to a depressive state. This depression further deteriorates the “quality of life”. While depression is a treatable illness, many while attempting to find the resolution to depression, can lead many down the road of self-medicating.

Trauma and depression are two experiences that can have a profound and lasting impact on a person’s life. Whether it’s the aftermath of a traumatic event or the overwhelming weight of depression, both can lead to feelings of regret, disdain, and uncertainty about the future. These experiences can be particularly challenging for individuals who are also struggling with physical disabilities, as they work to maintain a “quality of life”. But despite the difficulties, there is hope and there are resources available to help individuals overcome these challenges and find their way to a more fulfilling life.

Survival Mode

Physical disabilities painfully challenge individuals who attempt to maintain a lifestyle. Some have described this as “survival mode” and begin self-medicating to offset the daily pain. These ailments can also lead to several surgeries which can cause further pain and complications. Finding the correct medical provider to understand how important the proper medications and what the current ailments are to overcome. For this Prescott House offers our Medical Director Dr. Fred Markham, graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, to all individuals in our program to establish a medication maintenance routine.

The Burden of Depression

Depression is a complex and debilitating illness that affects millions of people around the world. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, life events, and physical changes in the brain. Symptoms of depression can include feelings of sadness and hopelessness, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and feelings of worthlessness and guilt.

Despite the prevalence of depression, many individuals who struggle with the illness may feel like they are alone in their experience. The stigma surrounding mental illness can make it difficult for individuals to seek help and support, and many may turn to self-medication as a way to cope. This can lead to a cycle of substance abuse and further decline, making it all the more important for individuals struggling with depression to receive professional help and support.

The Aftermath of Trauma

Trauma can take many forms, from physical injuries sustained in an accident, to the psychological toll of abuse or other traumatic events. Regardless of the source, the aftermath of trauma can be devastating, leaving individuals with lasting emotional and physical scars. Physical disabilities that result from trauma can be especially challenging, as individuals are forced to navigate a new reality that may include chronic pain or limited mobility.

While trauma can be a traumatic experience in and of itself, it can also lead to further difficulties, including depression. Depression is a treatable illness, but the road to recovery can be long and arduous. Unfortunately, many individuals struggling with depression may turn to self-medication as a way to cope, which can lead to a cycle of substance abuse and further decline.

The Path to Recovery

The good news is that both trauma and depression are treatable. While the road to recovery may be long and challenging, there are resources available to help individuals overcome these difficulties and reclaim their lives.

For individuals who have experienced trauma, therapy and support groups can be valuable resources. Talking through the experience with a trusted professional can help individuals process their emotions and begin to heal. Additionally, physical rehabilitation can help individuals overcome physical challenges and improve their quality of life.

Finding Trauma Resolution at Prescott House is an essential part of the recovery process. Specializing in trauma resolution, Primary Therapist Doug Winter has received special training in various aspects of mental health and addiction including a master’s degree in addiction counseling. The most valuable input that he can offer to a client comes from his own personal experience. Like many Prescott House employees, Doug is a graduate of the center’s treatment program.

Through therapy, support groups, or medication, individuals who receive professional help and support have a better chance of overcoming their challenges and finding a path to a more fulfilling life.

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