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Heal your wounds

Trauma is a deeply disturbing event that makes the individual feel out of control of the situation. It's a clear sign that your boundaries have been crossed or violated in some shape or form.

The experience of trauma, can lead to mental health wounds that have long-term effects on the individual; which can last for several months or even for several years. For instance, one individual might have a cumulative amount of traumas, another person might have one experience with a big trauma, or another individual might have been exposed to multiple traumas, and so on.

Some common sources of trauma are:

● Childhood abandonment/neglect/abuse

● Domestic violence

● Living with a parent who misuses alcohol and/or drugs.

● Natural disasters

● Rape

● Severe illness or injury

● The death of a loved one

● Witnessing an act of violence

Symptoms of trauma can be understood in that most responses to trauma fall in the normal range in how they affect survivors and are socially acceptable. Furthermore, symptom responses can be observed on a spectrum and can be severe and even delayed to when the trauma event occurred. Meaning, when an individual experiences severe responses, it can show up as continuous distress without periods of feeling calm, they can experience severe dissociation symptoms, or even intense intrusive memories that continue despite being in a safe environment.

Typical symptoms and behaviors that might appear after experiencing a trauma are:

● Anger, irritability, mood swings.

● Anxiety and fear.

● Confusion, difficulty concentrating.

● Confusion.

● Disorientation.

● Feeling disconnected or numb.

● Feeling sad or hopeless.

● Guilt, shame, self-blame.

● Intrusive thoughts of the event that may occur out of the blue.

● Loss of memory and concentration abilities.

● Mood swings.

● Nightmares.

● Shock, denial, or disbelief.

● Visual images of the event.

● Withdrawing from others.

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