What is Trauma?
Trauma is said to be an emotional response to a terrible event. Although there are typical events that come to mind when we think trauma such as abuse, sexual assaults, and car accidents the reality is that trauma can come in many shapes and sizes and can be experienced very differently in people. Trauma is also about perspective, what one person may experience as traumatic, another may not. How we experience and respond to terrible event can have a significant impact on our daily functioning and emotional wellness.
Signs of a Trauma Response:
As mentioned, people may react and respond to traumatic experiences very differently. However, there are common signs of a trauma response that people can be aware of in order to know when to seek help. Some of the common signs of trauma include:
- Re-experiencing the event through nightmares and flashbacks
- Increased fear; seeing danger everywhere
- Increased anxiety and hypervigilance; easily startled and often on edge
- Increase anger and irritability
- Increased sadness and depression
- Feelings of guilt, shame, and self blame
- Difficulty sleeping
- Avoidance of certain people, places, and things
Often times these symptoms will subside after a period of days to months, however if you find yourself continuing to struggle with these symptoms for a prolonged period of time, it may be time to seek help