It’s not easy to know or recognize the symptoms of trauma (whether emotional or psychological). When we live with trauma we don’t always know it is trauma. Obviously it depends on the severity of the trauma, but the symptoms if you have them, may last from days, to weeks or even months and years.
Emotional trauma symptoms
There are many emotional symptoms that relate to trauma, such as shock, disbelief and irritability, mood swings, anger, denial, guilt and self-blame. Other feelings include hopelessness or feeling sad, or both, difficulty concentrating on a particular job, confusion as to why what happened, happened; fear and anxiety and withdrawing from family and friends, or just feeling numb or disconnected from life.
Anything and everything that changes how we feel about ourselves.
Physical trauma symptoms
Physical symptoms of trauma may include not being able to sleep or having re-occurring nightmares, a racing heartbeat, tiredness, living on the edge all the time, or just being agitated by someone or something.
There may also be times where painful memories begin to resurface, particularly where birthdays and anniversaries are concerned, or through a situation where we are reminded of our trauma.
Once we begin to address trauma, we will and can start to feel better.