The Touch of Understanding: Healing for Trauma Survivors with The Use of a Drafting Table

May 06, 2021

Healing from the Trauma

Most of the time, we associate PTSD with soldiers who have fought in the war. However, in the article posted online, it was noted that PTSD occurs in a person who has experienced a traumatic or violent event in his life. It was also mentioned in this article that one experiences a traumatic incident in his life but does not develop into PTSD. Statistics were noted in the same article and it was mentioned that 70 percent of adults experience at least one traumatic event in their lives. 20 percent will likely develop PTSD. Around 8 million have PTSD in a given year. 1 in 13 people will develop PTSD at some point in their life. Further, it was mentioned that the prevalence of PTSD is around 3.5% of the US population or is equivalent to 8 million Americans in a given year. 

It was also remarked that 5% of adolescents experience PTSD. The symptoms that they experience are categorized into three categories: 

-seriously

-moderately

-mildly impairing 

One of the disturbing facts about PTSD is it is connected to domestic violence. Studies show that most people who develop PTSD are children and teenagers. We all know that there are a lot of cases involving physical abuse and sexual assault of teenagers and children. It was mentioned in an article a report done by the Department of Justice stating that 34% of the child sexual abuse cases were perpetrated by a family member. This is indeed disturbing because it implies that

teenagers and children are vulnerable and easy targets by perpetrators. They have easy access to the victims especially now in this time of Pandemic. In actuality, it was stated in the same article that since the start of the pandemic in March of 2020, reports of incidents through the hotline of Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) had increased, and sadly it had been more difficult for the victims to seek help because of their situation at home. 

In this case, it is something that we need to worry about more, as these cases arise, more and more children and teenagers would possibly experience PTSD. This might have a long-term effect that can impair their social skills. In this next part, we will the symptoms of psychological trauma. 

I.Emotional and Psychological Symptoms:

-shock, denial, or disbelief

-confusion, difficulty concentrating

-anger, irritability, mood swings

-withdrawing from others

-feeling disconnected from others

These symptoms are prevalent in teenagers and children who have experienced physical abuse and sexual assault. Most of them tend to misbehave in the latter years which is a result of coping with the trauma differently. Most of these victims at times become perpetrators too. In a study conducted, it was found out that there is a possibility that a sexual abuse victim tends to be a perpetrator in the long run, and that supports the notion of the cycle of child sexual abuse. It is because in the same study it was found out that among the 747 males, the risk of being a perpetrator was positively correlated with reported sexual abuse victim experiences. This study showed as well that female victims were less likely to become perpetrators after finding out that of the 96 females interviewed in the study, 43% had become victims but only one of them became a perpetrator. 

In the next part now, we're going to see the physical symptoms of trauma. This is very informative because you might don't know that a neighbor's child might be a victim of assault and abuse. Knowing these things can give us knowledge so we would be able to help should someone reach out and talk about the experience. 

II.Physical Symptoms:

-easily startled

-fatigue

-insomnia

-difficulty concentrating

-aches and pains

-muscle tension

The physical signs mentioned above are also present in other conditions. Hence, you may consider a person a victim of domestic violence once both symptoms become apparent at the same time. It is still best to observe more and reach out to the victim. Make him feel safe and assure that you are someone who could be trusted. 

On the other hand, how could we be able to reach out and help a person heal from the trauma? What are the interventions that we could do to aid them in rebuilding their lives? The last part of this article will discuss the things that we could do to help these individuals. These are considered socio-activities such as:

-joining a support group for trauma survivors: 

This activity can incorporate projects and therapy sessions which can be made creative. Through art therapy where the survivors can express their suppressed feelings through sketching and drawings. This activity is best done with a reliable drafting table product from Flexispot-from its integrated drawer to its extended platform. It will surely be a meaningful and fruitful activity that may help the survivor express themselves or open up about his experience without the fear of being rejected. 

-helping them showcase their talents through drawings and sketches:

Through drawing and sketching, they may be able to express who they are beyond the trauma that they have experienced. You may encourage them to talk about their dreams and aspirations. Letting him express his plans in life may help him rebuild his self-esteem

-helping them be known for their talents:

In this digital age, there are plenty of ways to share the artwork of these survivors. Try letting him sketch or draw using the Drafting Table ED1B ( a sit-stand desk) that can let the person manage her large-scale drawings without having the feeling of numbness through its height-adjustable feature. This will let one express his creativity and may help him overcome the trauma without impairing his social skills. 

III. Final Thoughts:

Healing from the trauma is a long journey for the survivor. At times, the pain is recurring as he might be triggered over and over but with the love and understanding of people around him, recovery would be an easy phase for him.

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