Trauma Symptoms

Trauma Symptoms

There are trauma symptoms that you should be watching out for when you or your loved one suffers a trauma. These include mental or cognitive reactions, physical reactions, and behavioral reactions. Below is a list of symptoms and reactions to look for.

Mental (cognitive) Reactions

  • Blaming someone
  • Change in alertness
  • Changes in the way you think about yourself
  • Confusion
  • Changes in the way you think about the world
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in the way you think about other people
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Heightened awareness of your surroundings (hypervigilance)
  • Loss of orientation to time, place, person
  • Poor abstract thinking
  • Nightmares
  • Poor attention span
  • Intrusive images
  • Poor decisions
  • Memory problems
  • Poor problem solving

Physical Reactions

  • Chest pain
  • Chills
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Fainting
  • Headaches
  • Lack of energy
  • Muscle tension
  • Nausea
  • Nervous
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shock symptoms
  • Teeth grinding
  • Visual difficulty
  • Vomiting

Behavioral Reactions

  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Antisocial Behavior
  • Avoiding places or situations
  • Becoming confrontational and aggressive
  • Becoming withdrawn or isolated from others
  • Change in activity
  • Change in eating habits
  • Easily Startled
  • Emotional Outbursts
  • Erratic Movements
  • Hyper alert to environment
  • Inability to rest
  • Increase or decrease in sexual activity
  • Loss or gain weight
  • Restlessness
  • Somatic complaints
  • Paranoid

If you or a loved on is exhibiting any of these trauma symptoms please contact a mental health provider for help.

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