While many people have a specific idea of what trauma looks like, the truth is the symptoms of trauma can take on many different forms. In my practice, I specialize in Trauma/PTSD counseling based on a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy approach. I’ve found many clients are suffering from trauma and don’t necessarily realize it. Why? Because their symptoms don’t always fit into a neat, little box.
Today, let’s take a closer look at what trauma is. Then, we will discuss some of the symptoms of trauma and how you can achieve healing, transformation, and peace through the right therapeutic techniques.
What Is Trauma?
The definition of trauma is as a psychological and/or emotional response to a disturbing or distressing event. The event or experience can overwhelm the individual’s ability to cope and often leads to feelings of powerlessness and helplessness. Furthermore, it can damage the individual’s sense of self and ability to feel a wide range of experiences and emotions.
Now, what the definition doesn’t touch on are the numerous gray areas and less common symptoms of trauma. As we all know, perception of events is subjective. Everyone processes a traumatic experience differently.
For example, one person may have experienced a tornado destroying their hometown and is now fearful another tornado will hit. Another person may have gone through the same tornado but lost family members and her home. Each person may suffer from the symptoms of trauma as a result. However, it may look different and have varying degrees of severity and life disruption.
Understanding the Symptoms of Trauma
Are you wondering if you may be suffering from trauma? This list does not include all possible symptoms, but here are some of the more common symptoms of trauma:
- Anger and/or fearfulness
- Flashbacks of the traumatic event or experience
- Emotions that follow no predictable pattern
- Disbelief and denial
- Emotional detachment and dissociation
- Intense feelings of despair, sadness, and powerlessness
- Persistent feelings of guilt, shame, and feeling responsible
- Isolation and feeling like no one understands
- Self-medication or self-harming behaviors
- Physical symptoms including, but not limited to, nausea, headaches, insomnia, muscle tension, racing heartbeat, agitation, dry mouth, and fatigue
Whether the trauma is a result of abuse, an accident, natural disaster, or events in the line of duty, the symptoms can be debilitating. Consequently, symptoms can create a roadblock to healthy relationships and positive life experiences. It isn’t something you can just “get over” or “move on” from. In fact, nearly all people who experience trauma need extra support and therapy to make it to a place of peace and healing.
Get Help for Symptoms of Trauma
If you think you may be suffering from symptoms of trauma, please know you are not alone. Help is available. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, I’m honored to provide counseling guidance, strategies, and the compassionate, nonjudgmental support you need in League City, Texas.
There’s no need to struggle through each day and battle with painful memories on your own. I’m committed to helping you find healing so you can regain control of your life. Connect with me online now to schedule a Trauma/PTSD therapy session.