There are many symptoms of psychological trauma, and all can have a devastating effect on your ability to function in your daily life and relationships. Traumatic events are experiences that have put an individual in either a life-threatening situation, or circumstances where there is a significant threat to one’s physical or psychological well being.
An event may have little impact on one person, but could cause severe distress to another individual. Some examples of traumatic experiences are:
These symptoms are normal reactions to trauma and are part of the natural healing process, which involves the individual making sense of what happened and putting it into perspective.
A small minority of people will develop more serious conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety disorders.
You should seek professional help if the symptoms are severe or last for more than a few weeks.
Speaking to a specialist trauma counsellor or psychologist can help you to reduce emotional distress, and manage your reactions to triggering stimuli more effectively. Trauma counselling and recovery is a crucial step on the path to psychological well-being.
Marcus Andrews is the founder and director of Life Supports, which was established in 2002. He has extensive professional experience working as a counsellor and family therapist across a broad range of issues. The core component of his role at Life Supports involves the supervision of other counsellors, including secondary consultations. Marcus has worked in many sectors, including private, government, non-profit, health, forensic and community practice.