Traumatic experiences shatter our basic belief that the world is a safe and secure place. We all react differently to traumatic experiences depending on a range of things, including our temperament, thinking patterns and whether we’ve experienced previous traumas. Children who are exposed to chronic traumatic experiences and stress are more susceptible to unhelpful ways of coping in adulthood.
Trauma may increase the risk of developing other psychological health problems including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, alcohol and/ or drug abuse, issues with identity, self-esteem and physical health.
Sometimes, these secondary issues can become more disabling and more difficult to manage than the original trauma symptoms. If this happens, it would also be important to seek help for these concerns as well.
Traumatic experiences can include but are not limited to:
- Sexual, physical, emotional abuse
- Sudden loss of a loved one
- Early childhood abandonment
Common symptoms of trauma include:
- Dissociation, becoming numb
- Confusion, forgetfulness, poor concentration
- Panic attacks
- Insomnia, nausea, shortness of breath
- Withdrawal, avoidance
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