Am I Dealing With the Effects of Trauma? Examples of Trauma

It can be a challenge to identify whether or not you are struggling with the effects of trauma as trauma has a way of tricking the brain into not remembering its effects. Furthermore, many people who are struggling with the long-lasting effects of trauma may attribute the symptoms they’re experiencing to other issues in their lives rather than the long-term effects that trauma has on them. In either case, it can be helpful to recognize that you may have experienced a traumatic event or series of events by examining examples of trauma in order to pinpoint whether or not you may have had a traumatic experience. This way, you can identify the symptoms of trauma in your own life and consider professional help that can assist you with managing and overcoming the debilitating effects of trauma.

Identifying What Trauma Actually Is

Most every person will experience a traumatic event sometime in their lifetime. However, people experience and process trauma in different ways. Being able to identify whether or not you’ve lived through a traumatic event can help you better understand if the effects of trauma are long-lasting and affect your life in negative ways. Trauma is when a person experiences a sudden and tragic event that is stressful, frightening, and even dangerous. But, when talking about mental health, the word trauma is associated with the long-lasting effects, like psychological and emotional damage, of a traumatic experience or series of experiences can have on a person’s health.

Some examples of trauma experiences that can lead to damaging mental health include:

  • war combat
  • physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
  • childhood neglect and abuse
  • witnessing or being the victim of assault
  • sudden loss of a loved one
  • serious illness or injury
  • surviving a natural disaster or terrorist attack

Some of the Symptoms of Trauma

As mentioned, trauma is something that is common. Not everyone will have lasting and debilitating effects from traumatic experiences they’ve encountered. After experiencing traumatic events, many people will feel sad, guilt, shame, and even despair. But, after some time, these individuals will find a way to process these emotions and eventually get back to their daily lives. However, some people that experience trauma will have trouble moving past traumatic experiences and will develop mental health issues as a result. Recognizing how trauma affects you by identifying symptoms of trauma can help you understand whether or not you may be able to benefit from professional trauma treatment.

Some examples of long-lasting effects of trauma can include:

  • developing mood disorders like depressive disorders or anxiety disorders
  • avoiding loved ones and social events
  • severe mood swings and irritability
  • abusing addictive substances
  • self-destructive behaviors
  • loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities

Getting Help for the Impacts of Trauma on Your Life

If you think that you may be experiencing negative effects due to trauma you’ve experienced in your life, it may be time to get help. Fortunately, trauma treatment programs and treatment services can help people living with PTSD and the lasting effects of trauma. For example, TMS and ketamine therapies show success in reducing debilitating symptoms of trauma for people who are diagnosed with PTSD. Find out more about these emerging therapies and outpatient services available from Delray Brain Science today on our website.