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What Are Signs of Trauma?

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Trauma is a profoundly distressing experience that can have long-lasting effects on a person’s mental and emotional well-being. It can take different forms, from physical or emotional abuse to natural disasters or accidents.  

Trauma can cause a person to feel overwhelmed, helpless, or disconnected from their thoughts and feelings. Without proper support and trauma therapy treatment, these symptoms can persist and negatively impact a person’s life. Knowing trauma signs and symptoms and how to identify them can help you or a loved one recover. 

If you’re experiencing any signs of trauma, contact Virtue Recovery Chandler today at 866.788.4745 to get started on your path to healing. Our compassionate team is here to work with you every step of the way.  

What Are Signs of Trauma? 

Signs of trauma can manifest in many different ways, and each person’s experience is unique. However, some common signs of trauma can help identify when someone may need professional help. Signs that someone has trauma include: 

  • Avoidance – People who have experienced trauma may try to avoid anything that reminds them of the traumatic event. They may avoid places, people, or situations that trigger painful memories. 
  • Reliving the trauma – Some people may have flashbacks or nightmares, which can make them feel like they are reliving the traumatic event. This can be highly distressing and cause difficulty distinguishing the past from the present. 
  • Hypervigilance – People with trauma may feel on edge or always alert for possible danger. They may become easily startled and overreact to everyday situations. 
  • Emotional numbing – Some people may feel as though they are emotionally numb or disconnected from their feelings. They may experience a sense of “numbness” or “emptiness” regarding life and relationships. 
  • Physical symptoms – Trauma can also cause physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, and insomnia. 

Trauma can lead to depression and anxiety, which can manifest in various ways, including feeling helpless, hopeless, restless, or anxious. 

Signs That Someone Has Trauma 

If you suspect that someone you know may be struggling with trauma, there are some signs you can look for. These signs may include: 

  • Social withdrawal – People with trauma may withdraw from social situations and activities they once enjoyed. 
  • Self-destructive behavior – People with trauma may engage in self-destructive behaviors such as substance abuse, self-harm, or risky sexual behavior. 
  • Difficulty concentrating – Trauma can lead to difficulty concentrating or focusing on tasks. 
  • Mood swings – People with trauma may experience mood swings, which can range from extreme sadness to irritability. 
  • Fearfulness – People with trauma may be more fearful, anxious, or have trouble sleeping. 

Trauma can negatively impact relationships, leading to conflict, detachment, and mistrust. 

How Trauma Therapy Treatment Can Help 

Trauma therapy treatment is designed to help people recover from trauma and regain control of their lives. This therapy can take different forms, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. The goal of treatment is to help those who have experienced trauma to process the event and find ways to cope with the symptoms. 

Virtue Recovery Chandler offers individualized trauma therapy treatment plans designed to meet each client’s unique needs. Our experienced team of professionals can provide a safe and supportive environment where clients can work through the trauma and begin to heal. We offer outpatient and residential programs, including intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and partial hospitalization programs (PHP). 

Start Trauma Therapy Treatment Today at Virtue Recovery Chandler 

Trauma can have profound and lasting effects on a person’s life. However, it is essential to recognize the signs of trauma and get the help needed. Through trauma therapy treatment and support, many people can learn to overcome the distressing symptoms of trauma and lead fulfilling lives.  

At Virtue Recovery Chandler, we are committed to helping clients achieve long-lasting recovery and live their best lives. Contact us today at 866.788.4745 or through our online form to begin your journey toward healing.