Symptoms of trauma

Trauma can manifest in many ways and affect people mentally and physically. Emotional symptoms may include flashbacks, intrusive memories, nightmares, or emotional numbness. People may experience extreme fear, anxiety, or feelings of helplessness. Avoidance of certain situations or stimuli associated with the traumatic event, increased startle response, irritability, or difficulty concentrating are also common. Physical symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, fatigue, or gastrointestinal distress may accompany emotional distress.

When to get help for trauma

It is important to seek help for trauma when symptoms persist and significantly interfere with daily functioning, or cause distress over a long period. If traumatic experiences lead to severe anxiety, panic attacks, or flashbacks that interfere with daily life, professional help is necessary. When trauma affects relationships, work, or social interactions, contact with mental health professionals, trauma therapists, or trauma-focused support groups is recommended.