Experiencing trauma can often produce thoughts, emotions and behaviours that make it difficult to cope with every day life. If you have been through a traumatic event you may experience difficult emotions, feel helpless and vulnerable. Commonly if not dealt with these issues can lead to more serious long term effects.

There are several areas in which we may experience trauma:

  • Victims of violent crimes – including, robbery, rape, torture, armed hold up, mugging, sexual crimes, domestic violence, being a family member of a homicide victim.
  • Victims of accidents or injuries – including serious car accidents, workplace injury, acquired brain injury.
  • Those suffering from chronic illness or pain conditions – pain from living with a chronic illness such as cancer, back pain, myofascial pain, chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Those who are suffering from loss – of a loved one either through death or the breakdown of a significant relationship or loss of a job.
  • Those who have suffered from emotional abuse – such as harmful words or a humiliating experience

When we have experienced some of these traumas, we may develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the effects of which can lead to both physical and emotional symptoms which include:

Emotional symptoms

Feeling sad or hopeless; shock; mood swings, guilt, denial, confusion, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, irritability, flashbacks, sleeping difficulty, anger, feelings of numbness, or feeling disconnected, strained relationships, low self esteem, withdrawal.

Physical symptoms

Fatigue, aches and pains, headaches, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, racing heartbeat, sleep difficulties.