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Trauma is a person’s emotional response to a horrifying experience. Most trauma cases result from violence, accidents, or natural disasters. Trauma doesn’t always manifest immediately after the incident. Some trauma patients go through a denial stage where they pretend like their experience does not affect them psychologically. Long term reactions like unpredictable moods, flashbacks, nightmares, detachment from people, and strained relationships are only some of the things people experiencing trauma suffer. Sometimes, physical symptoms such as terrible headaches and nausea can also be observed from trauma patients.

There are long term trauma cases which started from a person’s unpleasant childhood experiences like:

  • An unsafe or unstable place to live in

  • Intrusive major medical procedures and operation

  • Serious and long term illnesses

  • Painful separation from parents

  • Domestic violence

  • Any form of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse

  • Bullying

There are a lot of ways a person can respond to trauma. Some of them immediately heal, but there also are physical and emotional responses that last for a very long time.

Physical Reactions to a Traumatic experience

  • Headaches, stomachaches, and backaches

  • Fluttering and heart palpitations

  • Intense sweating

  • Diarrhea

  • Weakened immune system

  • Use of drugs

  • Stress-eating

Emotional Responses to a Traumatic Experience

  • Paranoia

  • Anxiety

  • Grief and disorientation

  • Hypervigilance

  • Irritability

  • Terrible mood swings

  • Constant intrusive thoughts

  • Flashbacks and nightmares

  • Panic

  • Degraded self-esteem

  • Anger

  • Suicidal thoughts

A person’s reaction to trauma may vary depending on their personality and the intensity of the damage caused by the incident. Some effects of trauma do not manifest immediately. There also are people who hides the pain and discomfort they are suffering. Some people who have experienced a terrible event may appear to be fine but deep inside they are battling pain and confusion which are aftermaths of their traumatic experience.

However tragic an experience might be, there are various coping strategies that can help a person overcome the trauma caused by their experience. Here are some helpful strategies that will guide you through recovery:

  • Find yourself a stable support system.

Believe it or not, there are people who are going through the same stress and pain that you are having. You can find support from these people and get inspiration from their stories of recovery.

  • Create a Meaningful routine

Making yourself busy and doing something significant can help you find your purpose in life again. This will help you take your attention away from your experience and redirect your focus to something that will raise your regard for yourself.

  • Get help from the experts.

Trauma is a sensitive matter and dealing with it requires the expertise of experienced psychologists. The guidance of people who understand and know the science behind your situation is the best way towards total recovery.