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Nicole Hiltibran March 14, 2016 mental health continuing education


What do you think about this quote? It’s often hard to move on following tragedy. We should strive to move forward by working through the trauma or tragedy. After all, it’s been said that feelings buried alive never die. It’s possible to get stuck both emotionally and/or psychologically within the effects of trauma if it’s not properly processed and addressed. In fact, the unwillingness to deal with trauma can create increased difficulty and symptoms resulting from future traumatic injury.  We need to deal with our difficult life experiences in order to move forward.

The Urban Dictionary defines moving on as “Jump out of the troublesome stuffs and go on with your life; Stop to go on making a happy living from all the pains that you had.” It’s also defined as “To change in position from one point to another” and “to leave one place and travel to another”.  Synonyms include  leave, go away, get away, move forward, and progress.

Although we can and should never completely forget past difficult experiences, we can process them in order to put them where they belong….in the past. Not in ur present or future. This is not accomplished by simply forgetting about what happened. Several types of therapy are available to address trauma including Eye Movement Desensitization Response (EMDR), Cognitive Therapy, and Crisis Counseling to name just a few. Obtaining treatment when needed will also assist in optimal emotional positioning should a future trauma occur. Those who deal with tragedy and move forward have a much higher success rate in successfully moving through multiple traumas.

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