Common Problems Following Trauma
Remember that you are not alone, and everything you are experiencing is normal. After a trauma, you may face:
- Fear and anxiety. Thinking about the trauma can make you anxious, and sometimes this anxiety comes out of nowhere.
- Re-experiencing the trauma. Unwanted thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks can spring up.
- Increased arousal. You may feel very alert, jumpy, jittery, shaky, and have trouble concentrating. If this feeling persists, you may get more irritable and have trouble sleeping.
- Avoidance. You may want to avoid the place where something bad happened, just feel numb, or even avoid all feelings.
- Uncontrollable feelings of anger, shame, or guilt. You may get very irritable with the people trying to help. Remember: you are not to blame.
- Grief and depression. You may feel hopeless, cry often, and lose interest in things and people. You may even wonder why you should go on. This is a red flag. You need to talk to a counselor, now!
- Relationship trouble. Trusting people, feeling good about yourself, and having sexual relationships may be tough following a trauma. Be kind to yourself. This is normal. Talk to people you care about, and do not use alcohol or drugs to mask these feelings.
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For More Information:
See our Sleep & Sleep Disorders article.
See our Coping with Stress article.
See our Reaction Phases article.
See our Understanding the Risks article.
See our Trauma: Sleep Problems article.