Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. 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. Therapists can help these individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions.
Common Responses and Symptoms of Trauma
Response to a traumatic event varies significantly among people, but there are some basic, common symptoms.
Emotional signs include:
These may lead to:
difficulty with relationships
Common physical symptoms:
altered sleep patterns
changes in appetite
Psychological disorders may include:
substance abuse problems