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.

Trauma is a subjective term. What can be traumatising for one person might not be so for another. Nonetheless, it can leave us scarred for life.

Anyone who had a traumatic childhood or went through systematic abuse can potentially develop long-term psychological implications.

Those who have witnessed a traumatic event or have seen the horrors of war, also bear the brunt of trauma. If you want to heal from your situation, arm yourself with every piece of knowledge on this subject that you can get your hands on.

  • Acute- acute trauma results from a single incident,
  • Chronic- chronic trauma is repeated and prolonged such as domestic violence or abuse, 
  • & Complex- Complex trauma is exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature.

trauma -signs and symptoms

Changes in physical and emotional reactions: being easily startled or frightened, always being on guard for danger. self-destructive behaviour, such as drinking too much or driving too fast, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behaviour, overwhelming guilt or shame.
Psychologists and other researchers have found that these actions can help: Lean on your loved ones. Identify friends or family members for support. Face your feelings. It’s normal to want to avoid thinking about a traumatic event. Prioritise self-care and be patient.
Personality Disorders - how to heal it?
Self care and recovery after trauma: Don’t Isolate Yourself, seek professional help, join a support group, face It (Don’t Avoid It), exercise & listen to Your Body.
To be continued..
Read also: Personality Disorders!
Ruthie Regular

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