What is trauma?

Trauma can be anything that happens to us that is overwhelming and difficult for us to cope with. This could include bullying, childhood neglect, childbirth, illness, death, redundancy as well as things traditionally seen as trauma such as accidents, sexual assaults or violent attacks.

Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) is a diagnosis used when people have been exposed to a significant trauma involving death, actual or threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threated sexual violence. Many people who have experienced trauma may develop trauma symptoms. These symptoms could emerge at any point after the trauma, even years later.

Trauma symptoms can include:

Intrusive thoughts

You might find that thoughts around the incident(s) pop into your mind when you don't expect it to be there.

You might find you struggle to sleep and have nightmares or horrible dreams about the event that you experienced.

You might experience flashbacks where you almost re experienced what happened to you.

Avoiding things you previously enjoyed

You might find that you avoid the areas where the incident happened, you won’t go to that town, past that road, into that pub etc.

People often withdraw from family and friends it might be that they were connected to the trauma or it might just be that it’s difficult to be around people.

What we often do to ourselves is push down any thoughts and feelings about the incident. We often think that pushing it down will make it go away but it doesn’t really work.


Changes in mood

Many people notice an increase in negative thoughts about themselves after an incident. People often blame themselves and think ‘It was my fault” or believe ‘bad things will happen to me” or “I am unsafe in the world”.

These thoughts are often attached to overwhelming emotions: horror, fear, guilt, shame. Anger. These emotions are unpleasant and can be really difficult to deal with. 

Experiencing trauma can leave you feeling detached from the people around you, somehow you feel different, detached, distant.

Being on high alert

It’s as if your body is in fight or flight mode all the time. In one way this is biology doing it’s job and keeping you safe but on another this is exhausting, it wears you down and it adds to your other symptoms. 

Because you are in fight mode, you might often feel an increased sense of unsafety and danger. This can often leave you on high alert and hypervigilant. You are easily startled, you may feel fear, afraid, always watching the environment for signs of danger that you are at risk. You might be watchful thinking that something bad will happen. You might be hyper sensitive. Sensitive to loud noises, a sense that someone is unhappy with you or any sense of danger.

Sounds exhausting doesn’t it? So many of the clients I see are feeling exhausted, drained and tired just by trying to live their life’s.

If this sounds familiar, know that there is help for you.
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