How can you recognize the symptoms of trauma? Trauma is witnessing or experiencing an event that is terrifying, such as a death or a near-death experience, an assault, abuse, living in a war zone, encountering violence, betrayal, and more. It can make you feel that your world is no longer safe. When this happens, you experience intrusive memories and thoughts when awake, as well as nightmares when asleep, which can trigger intense panic and fear emotions that come flooding in.


Avoidance: A Symptom of Trauma

Avoidance is another symptom of trauma, as people tend to avoid places, people, or things that could trigger negative emotions. Negative changes in thinking or mood, unpleasant physical responses, and emotional reactions contribute to panic attacks, hypervigilance, and always feeling that something bad could happen.


How Long Can Trauma Last?

For some people, the trauma response may not be long-lasting, and with time and self-care, things get better. But for others, post-traumatic stress kicks in and impairs their daily functioning, as well as their ability to connect, work and live their lives. The symptoms can last for months or even years, and it is best to seek a trauma program with qualified individuals who are trained to help.


Recognizing the Symptoms of Trauma

Recognizing the symptoms of trauma is vital to getting the right treatment. Seeking a trauma program with qualified individuals who are trained to help is the best course of action if the symptoms persist. Our team is trained and experienced in helping people like you recover and thrive again.

Our program has proven effective time and again. We invite you to schedule a complimentary 15-minute discovery call and discuss your needs with one of our trauma experts 

If you have been through something traumatic, please share what it was like for you and what you learned that helps you manage the symptoms. If you have any questions that you would like me to answer in these Ask a Therapist segments, please let me know in the comments below.

Remember, you are not alone, and sharing your experiences can help you and others in your journey to healing. Keep shining, we need your light.

Our 3-video series, Healing from Trauma, can help you take the first step towards recovery. Our videos provide insight and advice that will help you decide if therapy is right for you, and give you the tools to start your healing journey.

Video One: How to Get Traumatic Images Out of Your Head

Video Two: Can you be Traumatized and Not Know It?

Video Three: Can You Get PTSD from Emotional Abuse?

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