Jennifer Miller Bagwell on emotional trauma – Can it be behind substance abuse?

Therapist Jennifer Miller Bagwell regularly counsels people who suffer from emotional trauma. Emotional trauma has been recognized as one of the root causes of substance abuse and addiction for many years. Psychologists and counselors have known that emotional trauma has played role in addiction since the 1970’s, but research has shed more light on these substance use disorders and relapses in recent years.

Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research published a *study that confirmed different types of abuse (such as sexual, physical or emotional), as well as childhood neglect, is common in people who develop disorders linked to alcohol use. Another recent study also observed children who went to school near Ground Zero. This study showed that children who experienced more trauma (such as losing a loved one or being scared that they might die) were more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. The link was quite profound and showed that children with more exposure to these factors were 19 times more prone to substance abuse.

What is emotional trauma and how can Jennifer Miller Bagwell help?

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), trauma is defined as the emotional response to a negative event. While having a bad response to an upsetting or horrific event is a normal reaction, this trauma can hinder a person from living a normal life. Some of the common causes of trauma include witnessing an act of violence, natural disasters, domestic violence, rape, severe illness or injury and the death of a loved one. Some of the signs of trauma include being disoriented, anxiety, mood swings, poor concentration, irritability, and emotional outbursts.

Jennifer Miller Bagwell is a Therapist in, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Contact her for more information about emotional trauma and therapy today.