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Survivors

of

Trauma

Many types of traumatic and stressful events can cause a traumatic reaction…

 

Natural disasters

Motor Vehicle Accident

Domestic violence/Domestic Abuse

Sexual, physical, or emotional abuse

Combat exposure

Victim of a crime

Adoption challenges/Attachment Reactive Disorder

Chronic medical issues

Chronic exposure to hardship

Infidelity

Tumultuous divorce

Life transitions

Growing up in a harsh environment

Chronic exposure to distress

Grief over the loss of a loved one

Abuse from someone in authority

 

Survivors of trauma all respond differently

 

Emotional/Psychological Symptoms

 

Shock, denial, disbelief

Confusion, forgetfulness, not remembering how you got places

Anger, irritability, mood swings

Anxiety/fear

Panic/anxiety attacks

Withdrawn from others

Feeling sad or hopeless

Difficulties feeling positive emotions

Feeling disconnected or numb

Feeling hyper alert

 

Physical Symptoms

Insomnia/nightmares

Feeling restless or jittery

Fatigue

Being startled easily

Racing heartbeat

Edginess and agitation

Aches and pains

Muscle tension

Sweating, hot and cold flashes

Difficulties being in a crowd

 

Traumatic experiences are associated with higher lifetime prevalence of chronic physical health conditions.

 

Trauma informed treatment can help you regain control of your life by assisting you in:

Recognizing and managing triggers

Regulating your nervous system

Setting healthy boundaries

Establishing a sense of safety in your life

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