When you think about someone experiencing trauma, incidents such as assault or a car accident might come to mind. But there are other, subtler forms of trauma that can negatively affect our lives and hinder our relationships.
Emotional trauma is often overlooked, and we may think we’ve “gotten over” some emotional pain that we’ve simply buried. A break up, being passed over for a promotion at work, or even a simple but negative childhood experience can cause emotional trauma. Read on to see if you recognize any of these four subtle signs in yourself.
Anxiety and stress may develop in the aftermath of trauma. These emotions can cause you to feel overwhelmed in numerous ways. You might feel out of control, like there is too much to do, or that people in your life are taking up too much of your time and attention. If you often feel as though your life has become unmanageable, this could be a sign that you have some unresolved emotional trauma.
Emotional overreactions are a common symptom of trauma. A victim of trauma might redirect their overwhelming emotions towards others. Because these undealt with emotions are always bubbling under the surface, any incident that brings feelings forward can unleash these pent-up emotions. If you can recall times when you’ve overreacted, and perhaps have even been surprised at your own reactions, this may be a sign of trauma.
It’s not uncommon for people suffering from emotional trauma to have feelings of shame and self-blame. If you have feelings of shame, you may devalue yourself or see yourself as weak. You might feel a stigma from what you endured, and this may prevent you from admitting that you may be traumatized, or prevent you from seeking help.
Another subtle sign is “zoning” or “spacing out.” You might feel disconnected from others or have difficulty staying present in social situations. Emotional trauma can cause you to slow down internally, numbing your emotions or causing you to feel exhausted. Because of the traumatic event you experienced, you may be averse to the expression of painful emotions. Because of this, you turn those emotions off. As you withdraw, your relationships with others suffer, causing you further psychological pain.
If these signs seem familiar and you believe you may be suffering from trauma, our team at Evolution Wellness can help. Take the first step by giving our office a call today at (910) 202-4326 or filling out our online referral form.