If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you’ve experienced trauma, you’re not alone. It’s hard to recognize trauma when you’re in the midst of it or even years later if you didn’t know that what you were experiencing was trauma in the first place.

You may find that you feel disconnected from the memories of your past, leaving you to question whether or not what you’ve experienced was traumatic or not.

Understanding Trauma and its Effects

Let’s first take a look at what trauma is and how it affects us. Trauma happens when we experience very stressful, frightening, or distressing events that are out of our control. This could be one particular event or an ongoing event that happens over a long period of time.

Following a traumatic event, it’s common to not fully grasp the extent of the impact it has had on you. It’s important to understand that these emotions are normal and integral to processing the experience.

Trauma isn’t just about the events in the physical world, it’s very closely tied to how our minds and bodies respond internally to these distressing events. Our fears, triggers, and reactions can alter our quality of life.

Trauma can manifest itself in many different ways including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Isolation
  • Fear
  • Sleep disorders
  • Flashbacks
  • Shame
  • Alcohol abuse
  • …and the list goes on

How to Recognize Trauma

So, how do you begin to identify trauma within yourself? Let’s go over some of the ways.

Be Aware of the Triggers and Symptoms

There are a lot of clues as to whether you or someone you know has trauma. Here are some of the signs to look out for:

  • Perfectionism
  • Drug problems or alcoholism
  • Narcissism
  • Eating disorders
  • Chronic pain and/or fatigue
  • Storing trauma in the body
  • Sensory triggers
  • Over-exercising
  • Frequent panic attacks
  • Low self-esteem or self-worth
  • Negative beliefs about themselves or others
  • Short tempered, easily angered, or easily emotionally injured

So, if you’ve recognized a few (or a lot) of the above signs within yourself or someone you know, now what?

Talk to a Therapist

If you believe that you’re a survivor of trauma, it may be time to talk to a professional. This may be helpful for you to not only talk through your experiences with someone, but also to receive treatment that can bring relief.

If you are searching for a counselor you can trust in dealing with trauma, then please reach out to Engracia today.