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An emotional response to a terrible event

Trauma can be defined as an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster. This event can be overwhelming to a person emotionally or physically.

The traumatization by an event happens if the person is unable to regulate and or bring their body and mind back into a balanced state once the event has passed. Trauma can include anything from one’s life experiences that remain unresolved or trapped. These start to cause a disturbance physiologically, emotionally biologically mental or behaviourally.

When working with clients who have trauma, we have to understand the physiological response to threat and how trauma manifests in the body. The mind is a vital part of working with trauma symptoms in yourself and to identify them in others. 

There is usually a fight/ flight or freeze response.

Shock trauma can be defined as an unexpecting horrifying event that was to much for the nervous system to assimilate.

Development trauma can be defined as an ongoing misattunement of the child with a primary caregiver or primary parent. Such as a lack of mirroring, response, neglect, abuse. An unhealthy attachment is formed.

Signs and symptoms of trauma

Shock and denial                                             Flashbacks

Nightmares                                                     Mood swings easily started

Visual images of the event                                 Social isolation and withdrawal

Avoidance of or places that trigger the event         Edginess

Loss of memory and concentration abilities           Insomnia

Disorientation                                                  Sexual dysfunction

Confusion                                                       Easily distracted

Lack of interest in physical activities                    Tremendous fatigue and exhaustion

Changes in sleep and eating patterns                   Depression, guilt and shame

Vague complaints of body pains and aches            Extreme alertness, always on guard

Overwhelming fear                                            Obsessive compulsive behaviour

Detachment from people and emotions                Emotional numbness

Emotional shock, disbelief                                 Irritability, anger, anxiety

Panic attacks                                                  Strained relationships

Physical symptoms nausea and vomiting

It is important to contact a professional so that you can have your trauma response assessed. 

The professional can also help you heal from the traumatic event.