Marie O. Davis, MA, LPC, CSP | Wholistic Counseling

What are the symptoms of trauma?

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Are You or Someone You Know Suffering From Trauma?

Are you or your someone you know struggling with stress, relationship difficulties, painful emotions or  patterns that repeat over and over? Do you feel anxious, depressed, or avoid people and situations that feel overwhelming and too much to handle?

You may be suffering from the lingering effects of trauma.  People mistakenly think that to be traumatized we need to have suffered a significant event.  While this will likely create a traumatic imprint, there are other more subtle and pervasive forms of trauma that many of us have experienced.  If we grew up in a family where there was substance abuse, mental illness, neglect, emotional abuse, a lack of support or underwent medical procedures, we can suffer from the effects of trauma. Chronic stress over a long period of time can have the same effects of one single traumatic event.  Especially if these experiences happened in childhood when our nervous systems were vulnerable and forming, can a lasting feeling of trouble stay with us through our life even when there is nothing currently troubling us.

If we are going to heal from trauma, it’s not enough to just talk about it, research is showing that we need to experience feeling and doing something empowering and resolve any maladapative thoughts connected with the past. Experiential therapies, like Sensorimotor psychotherapy or expressive arts therapy, allow you to do just that: have a new experience that can change the way you feel about life, yourself, and your circumstances.  Experiential therapies create transformation and new awareness’s that reveal our own inner wisdom and potential.  We feel confident, empowered and are more able to make healthy choices in our lives.

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Do you or your someone you know experience?

Emotional symptoms:

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
  • Avoiding others
  • Depression or Anxiety

Physical symptoms:

  • Low energy
  • Headaches, Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
Cognitive symptoms:

  • Constant worrying
  • Racing thoughts
  • Forgetfulness and disorganization
  • Inability to focus
  • Poor judgment
  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much
  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
  • Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing
  • Manipulation
  • Difficulty with relationship

While trauma work can be slow and scary at times, the end result is a greater sense of freedom, hope, and personal power.  If you or someone you know suffers from traumatic symptoms, don’t delay in getting help.  Resolving traumatic memory and the symptoms that go with it.

Marie O. Davis, MA, LPC is in private practice at Body, Soul, Spirit is an Asheville psychotherapy practice dedicated to helping adolescents and adults experience their innate ability to grow, heal, and feel safe connecting with others.  By engaging all three dimensions of our being, lasting change becomes possible.  For more information visit: www.bodysoulspiritasheville.com