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Misunderstanding Behaviors Related to Trauma

Misunderstanding Behaviors Related to TraumaWhen it comes to dealing with emotional issues, medical professionals do not have the same cadre of diagnostic tools to rely upon for a diagnosis. In addition, they experience the same possibility that a set of symptoms could mean a variety of ailments. Therefore, when examining trauma, there are many factors to consider before treatment can be pinpointed.

Types of Trauma

There are a variety of circumstances that can cause trauma, including the following:

  • Blunt trauma
  • Physical assaults
  • Vehicular accidents
  • Sexual assaults
  • Witnessing horrific events
  • Natural disasters
  • Significant emotional distress

Witnessing an event that leads to trauma such as a natural disaster can devastate people.

Acute versus Chronic Trauma

Something that happens only once to threaten a person’s safety is considered acute trauma (such examples include a car accident or theft). Chronic trauma is ongoing, such as long-term child abuse, war, ongoing sexual abuse and living within a domestically violent environment.

Emotions and Behaviors Related to Trauma

A person who experiences either form of trauma may demonstrate the following symptoms:

  • Agitation or excitability
  • Anger or rage
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Exaggerated reactions to common events
  • Excess awareness of your environment, hyper-vigilance
  • Feel numb, disconnected or unable to express your moods
  • Feeling your heart beat in your chest (palpitations)
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Inability to focus, difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of interest in daily activities
  • Loss of focus or production at work or school
  • Panic reactions
  • Sadness
  • Sense of constant danger
  • Severe insomnia
  • Suspiciousness
  • Upsetting emotions

Any set of these symptoms could be associated with a variety of physical or mental health issues.

Misunderstanding Behaviors Related to Trauma

The behaviors associated with trauma can present literally hundreds of physical ailments ranging from common cold to something as serious as heart disease. On the other hand, the emotions associated with trauma zero in on what caused these symptoms.

Progression of Trauma-Based Behaviors

When a person goes without professional treatment for her symptoms of trauma, she may seek other ways to numb herself, which often leads to substance abuse. However, substance abuse can only provide a temporary escape to avoid the root of the problem. If a person does not confront and resolve these issues, she is simply making herself more susceptible to addiction. The damage of addiction after a traumatic event has the potential to be more harmful than the original event.

How to Treat Behaviors Related to Trauma

You don’t have to handle this alone; we are here to help. If you feel that you could benefit from therapy but need more information to make your decision, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about treatment.