If you have experienced a traumatic event, you may feel socially disconnected and somewhat numb, leading to feelings of isolation. On top of this, you may find yourself feeling more afraid and vulnerable than before the event and may be confused about why you feel the way you do.
Not everyone will react to the same event in the same way, for some, the symptoms take weeks, months or even years to surface.
Regardless of its source, an emotional trauma contains three common elements:
• it was unexpected;
• the person was unprepared; and
• there was nothing the person could do to prevent it from happening.
Examples of trauma include abuse; violence; accidents; catastrophic events; terminal illness / bereavement.
Symptoms of psychological trauma may include
flashbacks; insomnia; anxiety; stress; anger; depression; loss of self esteem; self-medication; emotional detachment.
You may refuse to deal with any psychological issues you have and could appear cold and distant to others.
The longer your trauma symptoms go untreated, the more psychological damage they could cause.
No matter how major or minor your traumatic experience was, you might benefit from professional help from a counsellor. By getting help as soon as you need it you will be giving yourself the best chance to overcome any issues and move on with your life. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above and they are persisting for weeks or even months, please feel welcome to contact us to arrange an assessment.