What is Trauma?

Trauma is not only the result of large overwhelming events that result in PTSD.  Trauma can stem from emotional abuse, neglect, or other long-withstanding patterns that corrupt an individual's ability to feel whole and healthy. 

There IS hope for healing! 

What Trauma Looks Like

Emotional & Psychological symptoms:
  • Shock or denial

  • Anger, irritability, mood swings

  • Anxiety or panic

  • Fear and hypervigilance

  • Guilt, shame, self-blame

  • Feeling sad, worthless, or hopeless

  • Feeling numb, disconnected, or dissociated

  • Nightmares or flashbacks

  • Thoughts of self harm 

  • Suicidal thoughts

Physical symptoms:
  • Insomnia

  • Fatigue

  • Being startled easily

  • Racing heartbeat

  • Edginess and agitation

  • Aches and pains

  • Muscle tension

  • Headaches or migraines

  • Sexual Dysfunction

  • Dizziness

Behavioral symptoms:​​

  • Difficulty controlling emotions

  • Difficulty concentrating or confusion

  • Withdrawing from others, isolation

  • Periods of losing memory or attention (dissociation)

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Self-harm or suicide attempts

  • Alcohol misuse or drug abuse

Unlike simple stress, trauma changes your view of your life and yourself. It shatters your most basic assumptions about yourself and your world - “Life is good,” “I’m safe,” “People are kind,” “I can trust others,” “The future is likely to be good” — and replaces them with feelings like “The world is dangerous,” “I can’t win,” “I can’t trust other people,” or “There’s no hope.”
 
                                             ― Mark Goulston, MD
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