May 16, 2023

Managing trauma does not need to be traumatic

Expanded access to high-quality, affordable mental health care supports people who need an extra hand.

Getting professional help in our lives can provide much-needed closure and an opportunity to live a trauma-free life.

Traumatic events like losing someone we love, the death of a pet, being involved in an abusive relationship, or a loss of a job are emotionally painful experiences many of us can go through at any point in our lives. Repeated and prolonged exposure to traumatic events can be even more complex and challenging to manage.

Some people may be able to acknowledge the pain and move forward. Others may remain challenged and unable to move on. As a result, coping can be particularly difficult, which could negatively impact their lives and relationships. 

“Being unable to resolve our pain can leave many of us feeling stranded and lost,” said Ashley Zucker, MD, a psychiatrist at the Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino Medical Offices. “This feeling, if prolonged, may lead to depression, anxiety, and the use of drugs, alcohol, and other substances to numb the pain.”

The good news is that Kaiser Permanente has expanded access to an array of high-quality mental health services and resources to help people who struggle with traumatic events and other mental health challenges. Resources can be tailored to a patient’s social, cultural, and linguistic needs. Taking advantage of these services and seeking help can make life less challenging.

Our members have expanded access to high-quality, affordable mental health care to help them manage the trauma in their lives.

Whether you prefer in-person or virtual care, Kaiser Permanente therapists and self-care resources can provide support and guidance. None of us are alone, and seeking help is a sign of strength, not a weakness. “It is okay to access the help you may need and express your feelings,” Dr. Zucker said. 

Coping with unresolved struggles can be challenging, but it is good to acknowledge those feelings and seek support when necessary. Getting the professional help needed can provide closure and an opportunity to live a trauma-free life. That is why Kaiser Permanente is here.