4 Subtle Signs of Trauma: When You’re Dealing with More Than You Think
Trauma is often associated with violent or sexual assaults or terrible car accidents. Other, subtler forms of trauma can negatively affect our lives and hinder our relationships.
Often, emotional trauma is overlooked and minimized, and we may believe we have “gotten over” some emotional pain that we have simply buried, and not dealt with. Emotional trauma can be caused by a breakup, being passed over for a promotion at work, or even a simple but negative childhood experience. Read on to see if you recognize any of these four subtle signs of trauma in yourself.
You may feel overwhelmed in numerous ways as a result of anxiety and stress following trauma. It may feel out of control, or that people in your life are taking up too much of your time and attention. Unresolved emotional trauma may lead you to feel as though your life has become unmanageable.
Traumatic experiences often result in emotional overreactions. Victims of trauma may redirect their overwhelming emotions towards loved ones and friends. Since these feelings are always bubbling under the surface, any incident that brings them forward can unleash them. It may be a sign of trauma if you can recall instances when you overreacted and were surprised at your own reactions.
Shame and self-blame are common feelings among people suffering from emotional trauma. You may devalue yourself or see yourself as weak if you feel shame after a traumatic event. As a result of what you have experienced, you might feel stigmatized, which prevents you from seeking help or admitting to trauma.
The act of zoning out or spacing out is another subtle sign of trauma. You might feel disconnected from others or find it difficult to remain present in social situations. Trauma can slow down your internal processes, making you feel exhausted or numbing your emotions. You may be averse to expressing painful emotions because of the trauma you experienced. Further psychological pain occurs when you withdraw from others, causing your relationships to suffer.
You can get help if you recognize these signs and believe that you may be suffering from trauma. A professional trained in trauma treatment can help. Take the first step by giving me a call today, and let’s set up a time to talk. We also offer online therapy.
Other Counseling Services Offered at The Mindful Practice in Winter Park, FL
While our therapy practice is based in Winter Park, FL we also offer online therapy to anyone in Florida. You can receive treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD, and trauma. As well as counseling for teens, grief, and social anxiety disorder. Some of the techniques we provide are EMDR, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and more. Please reach out to us to start getting support for your mental health.