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Signs and symptoms of emotional & psychological trauma

Symptoms of Psychological Trauma

Many people experience strong physical or emotional reactions immediately following the experience of a traumatic event. Most people will notice that their feelings dissipate over the course of a few days or weeks. However, for some individuals, the symptoms of psychological trauma may be increasingly severe and last longer. This may be the result of the nature of the traumatic event, availability of emotional support, past and present life stressors, personality types, and available coping mechanisms.

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    Most Common Symptoms

    Some of the most common symptoms of psychological trauma may include the following:


    • Intrusive thoughts of the event that may occur out of the blue
    • Nightmares
    • Visual images of the event
    • Loss of memory and concentration abilities
    • Disorientation
    • Confusion
    • Mood swings


    • Avoidance of activities or places that trigger memories of the event
    • Social isolation and withdrawal
    • Lack of interest in previously-enjoyable activities


    • Easily startled
    • Tremendous fatigue and exhaustion
    • Tachycardia
    • Edginess
    • Insomnia
    • Chronic muscle patterns
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • Changes in sleeping and eating patterns
    • Vague complaints of aches and pains throughout the body
    • Extreme alertness; always on the lookout for warnings of potential danger


    • Overwhelming fear
    • Obsessive and compulsive behaviors
    • Detachment from other people and emotions
    • Emotional numbing
    • Depression
    • Guilt – especially if one lived while others perished
    • Shame
    • Emotional shock
    • Disbelief
    • Irritability
    • Anger
    • Anxiety

    • Panic attacks

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