The Effects of Trauma

It can take up to 6 weeks (and in some cases longer) before your brain and body seem like they’re back to normal and functioning properly.

The following is a list of common (normal) reactions to a traumatic event.

  • Numbness, fatigue, weakness
  • Aches and pains like stomach-ache, headaches and back aches
  • Changes in sleep patterns, appetite
  • Nausea, upset stomach, constipation or diarrhea
  • Chills, tremors, clammy skin, dizziness
  • Jumping at unexpected noises or touch
  • Tense muscles, chest painsGrinding teeth, clenched jaw
  • Overly vigilante to surroundings / environment
  • Fidgeting, constant movement, pacing
  • Decreased attention span, poor concentration, trouble focusing
  • Blaming attitudes towards self and / or others
  • Nightmares / bad dreams
  • Memory problems, forgetfulness
  • Flashbacks
  • Shock, disbelief, feeling overwhelmed
  • Anger, resentment
  • Anxiety, increased stress, panic attacks, feelings of terror
  • Grief, denial, sadness, depression
  • Guilt, shame
  • Irritable, prone to outbreaks suddenly
  • Numbness, detached, daydreaming, isolating from others
  • Mood swings
  • Excessive worrying
  • Constantly thinking about the event / incident
  • Helplessness, feeling out of control or lost
  • Attempts to avoid or minimize the experience
  • Increased need to control everyday activities
  • Difficulties with trust, feelings of betrayal

Not everyone experiences every little thing on the list and some people experience thoughts and feelings that aren’t listed there.  Some things might be felt right away and others, weeks later.  It’s very personal and individual and feeling or thinking these things doesn’t necessarily mean you need therapy or counseling but person does often benefit from support and understanding from others.

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