Trauma 

symptoms: 

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Increased agitation
  • Persistent worry
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Inability to slow your thoughts
  • Increased negativity
  • Increased need for control
  • Unusual apathy
  • Unusual excitability
  • Feeling powerless
  • Heightened fear or anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Difficult making decisions

 

Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. They may behave in a nervous, upset way, or turn their feeling outwards, being cruel to others or experienceing emotions of rage or anger. Other children and adults "act in" by becoming depressed, filled with fears and worries or emotionally shuting down and become numb. They may withdraw from friends or family. Older children or teens might try to hurt or even kill themselves. Therapists can help these individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions. People who fully engage in recovery from trauma discover unexpected benefits. As they gradually heal their wounds, survivors find that they are also developing inner strength, compassion for others, increasing self-awareness, and often the most surprising -- a greater ability to experience joy and serenity than ever before.

 

 

Natalie Kohlhaas MA LPC NCC CPCS  IMHCounseling