- The recent news of SNL comedian Pete Davidson sheds light on mental health and trauma therapy.
- Experts also confirmed the benefits of trauma therapy in treating several mental disorders.
Reality star Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson’s breakup was followed by a series of public harassment of the comedian by Kardashian’s estranged husband and rapper Kanye West. West posted several harrowing posts on Instagram and even urged his fans to publicly humiliate his wife’s ex-boyfriend.
The attention and negativity coming from Kanye were a trigger for Davidson who already had a history of mental illness and later sought help in trauma therapy.
What Is Trauma Therapy?
Trauma therapy is a type of therapy that helps a person deal with the emotional and behavioral responses caused by a traumatic event. This therapy not only aids in coping with the trauma experienced but also enhances the ability to function normally and form meaningful relationships.
Trauma therapy has been used together with psychotherapies (like cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, etc.) to treat emotional dysfunction and repressed memories related to traumatic experiences. It is used to effectively treat disorders like:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Acute stress disorder (ASD)
- Secondhand trauma
- Reactive attachment disorder (RAD)
- Disinhibited social engagement disorder (DSED)
- Adjustment disorders, etc.
Online Abuse And Trauma
Throughout Kardashian’s and Davidson’s brief relationship and much-publicized break-up, West’s online bullying of the couple has been a consistent theme.
Issued death threats, hurtful rumors, and condescending posts on online platforms—the hallmarks of online abuse—seemed to have traumatized Davidson into seeking therapy.
Is Trauma Therapy Beneficial?
Research shows several benefits of trauma therapy such as:
- Reducing fear and avoidance induced by the traumatic event
- Developing healthy coping skills
- Rebuilding trust
- Regaining a sense of safety
- Challenging problematic beliefs
- Addressing cognitive distortions
- Validating the traumatic experience and offering support for recovery
How Does Trauma Therapy Work?
The Kim Kardashian-Pete Davidson break-up and the subsequent online abuse by Kanye West have delivered a concerning crash course on online bullying, abuse in toxic intimate relationships, as well as the long-term consequences of trauma and negativity.
Victims of online abuse and bullying often suffer from behavioral and cognitive problems including nervousness, social withdrawal, frustration, repressed anger, etc. Trauma therapy can resolve these distortions and help a person suffering from untreated trauma develop a positive outlook and healthy coping strategies.
In the process, the therapy can ease the thinking and behavioral dysfunctions, thereby enabling the traumatized person to overcome his/her fears, obsessions, and destructive thoughts.
He/she can then be in a position to effectively manage the memories related to the trauma in the future and go on to lead happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.