Was that Trauma: Part 2?
Was that Trauma: Part 2?
I figured I would continue the conversation from last week regarding trauma. How do you know if you are suffering from trauma-induced stress? Did you know that you can suffer from trauma by experiencing the trauma second hand? If you had a family member who suffered from a significant event or you experience the event by watching the incident on television, you can start to experience trauma related stress.
Trauma happens when you don't feel safe anymore. The protective bubble that you never acknowledged is suddenly gone. Your body may feel tense. Your fight or flight has kicked in, and you want to learn how to shut it off.
Your symptoms can come and go in cycles. You may feel the symptoms at certain times and may not notice them at other times. Some of the symptoms include feelings of anxiety or feeling like you want to jump out of your skin. You may also feel disconnected or numb. You may have fear surrounding the event or things that remind you of the event.
You can start to feel sad, shocked, helpless, guilty, shamed, or maybe a bit relieved. Some of the physical symptoms include shaking, racing heart, rapid breathing, tightness in your throat, nausea, dizzy or feeling faint, and/or racing thoughts.
Will Trauma Turn into PTSD?
How do you know if trauma is going to turn into something more serious such as PTSD? Often times, if you are having trouble with symptoms and the symptoms aren't lessening, they can worsen. Trauma can also stack on previous events. Previous incidents of trauma (especially if they haven't been dealt with or processed through) can cause you to react more severely to something that's happening currently.
If your trauma becomes posttraumatic stress disorder, explore treatment with someone who specializes with trauma. In the meantime, avoid things that may retrigger you until you've had a chance to talk with someone to establish clear coping mechanisms. A professional knows how to work with you, because they have the training to do so.
Posttraumatic stress disorder can start to affect your functioning at home or work, influence your dreams, may affect your ability to connect with other people, can cause you to have suicidal thoughts or emotions, and may cause you to avoid things that once made you happy.
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