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Physical Symptoms of Trauma

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Physical Symptoms of Trauma

According to the American Psychological Association, trauma is defined as the emotional response to a negative event. While it is perfectly normal for a human being to experience trauma after observing or being directly impacted by a single horrific event or harmful long-term situation, the symptoms of trauma can be so severe as to interfere with a person’s ability to live a normal happy, healthy life. If you are suffering from trauma, reach out to New Start Recovery online, or call us at [Direct> today to learn how a professional trauma treatment program can help.

Common Traumatic Experiences

The trauma you have lived through and are still experiencing is unique to you and demands an equally personalized trauma treatment program to help recover. Trauma, in general, is brought on by a variety of experiences at different stages of a person’s life. Some of the common experiences that require professional mental health treatment to heal from trauma include:

  • Sexual abuse or assault
  • Physical abuse or assault
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect
  • A serious accident
  • Illness
  • Domestic violence, as a witness or victim
  • Witnessing or being a victim of school violence
  • Natural disasters
  • Forced displacement
  • War, terrorism, or political violence
  • Traumatic grief
  • Separation
  • System-induced trauma

Emotional trauma is when the psyche is damaged after living through a frightening event. This may result in difficulty functioning with everyday life or coping normally after the distressing occurrence. Each person who experiences a traumatic situation or event is going to react differently to it. When they have a support system and receive mental health treatment, many people will recover and not experience long-term complications from the trauma. Others, however, will show physical symptoms of trauma and have serious challenges immediately following the traumatic event or within months after the distressing situation. Receiving the compassionate, trained care found in a trauma treatment program can make all the difference in overcoming your trauma and moving forward in life.

While traumatic experiences often center around life-threatening scenarios, any situation that leaves you feeling alone and completely overwhelmed can be traumatic, whether or not you are in physical danger throughout it. It’s important then to keep in mind that it is not the event alone but your emotional and physical reaction to it that will define whether the event is traumatic to you or not. Often, the more helpless you feel, and more terror the event induced, the more likely it is that you will be traumatized. And that trauma impacts far more than just your emotions and mental state. Your body can be negatively impacted by trauma too.

The Physical Symptoms of Trauma

It can often be easy to see, recognize and understand the emotional impact of traumatic events. However, the symptoms of trauma don’t stop with the mind. There are many physical symptoms of trauma, too, and they can require a trauma treatment program for you to learn to cope and overcome. Some of these physical symptoms include:

  • Being easily startled
  • Living life with your guard always up, on high alert for danger
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Anger
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Tremendous amount fatigue
  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Tachycardia
  • Edginess
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic muscle patterns
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Changes in appetite
  • New eating patterns
  • Aches and pains

Learn More at New Start Recovery

If you or someone you love has suffered through a traumatic event, there is professional care available to you through our trauma treatment program. You are not alone and deserve compassionate mental health treatment to help you live a happy, healthy life that is free of fear and devoid of the physical symptoms of trauma. Contact New Start Recovery using our secure online form or call us at [Direct> today to learn how we can help you.

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