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5 Ways Trauma Affects Women and Teen Girls’ Mental Health

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As women and teen girls, we navigate a world of expectations, emotions, and relationships. While these complexities can be sources of strength and joy, they can also become battlegrounds for trauma, leaving hidden scars on our mental health.

Hi, I’m Ebony Bland, a therapist at Fearlessly Inspired Therapeutic Solutions. I believe in the power of understanding these scars and cultivating healthy relationships to blossom into our best selves.

In this article, I’ll share 5 ways trauma can affect women and teen girls’ mental health, along with some empowering strategies for healing.


1. Shattered Trust and Difficulty Forming Bonds


Trauma can make it challenging to trust others, leading to isolation and emotional withdrawal. Fear of vulnerability and repeating past betrayals can create walls around our hearts, preventing us from experiencing healthy connections.

One strategy to try is to seek supportive communities. Whether it’s a therapy group, a supportive friend circle, or an online forum for survivors, surrounding yourself with understanding individuals can rebuild trust and provide a safe space to heal.


2. Hypervigilance and Anxiety


Traumatic experiences can cast a long shadow, leaving us in a perpetual state of hypervigilance. It’s like our internal alarm system has been stuck on “high,” our senses constantly scanning for potential threats, even when there’s none in sight.

This heightened anxiety isn’t just a fleeting feeling; it becomes a constant companion, weaving itself into our everyday lives.

Alternatively, try practicing mindfulness and grounding techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, and focusing on the present moment. This can help manage anxiety and bring a sense of calm to the body and mind.


3. Self-Blame and Shame


It’s common for those who have experienced trauma to carry a heavy burden of self-blame. It can feel like the event happened because of something you did or didn’t do, something you said or didn’t say.

This internalized narrative can be incredibly damaging, leading to low self-esteem, eating disorders, and even self-harm.

Instead, try reframing the narrative. Trauma is never your fault. Seek professional help to challenge negative self-talk and rewrite your story with kindness and compassion.

Remember, you are worthy of love and acceptance, just as you are.


4. Emotional Numbness or Overwhelm


The emotional toll of trauma can manifest as numbness and detachment, or in overwhelming waves of emotions. Difficulty identifying and expressing feelings can hinder healthy relationships and personal growth.

To combat this, try exploring different creative outlets. This can be journaling about your day or using a gratitude journal. It can include art therapy or even movement exercises such as stretching and yoga.

These creative outlets can help you connect with your emotions and express them in a safe and non-judgmental way.


5. The Cycle of Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms


When faced with emotional pain, we may turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms like substance abuse using drugs or alcohol, or even self-destructive behaviors such as cutting, scratching, burning, or engaging in reckless activities.

These methods offer temporary relief but ultimately perpetuate the cycle of trauma.


Remember, you are not alone. Our team of therapists offer a warm, supportive environment where we can guide you through your journey of healing and empowerment.

If you recognize the effects of trauma in your own life, take the first step towards the light. Schedule a consultation with us today and discover the strength and resilience that lies within.

Together, we can help you rewrite the narrative, cultivate healthy relationships, and step into your future with courage and hope.

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