Get the 411 on Trauma

Author: Shannon Miller

Woman cannot sleep because of insomnia.

As part of our series on Women’s Self Defense, it’s important to include information on ways to get help should you become a victim.

You don’t have to be physically assaulted to need help after a traumatic event. The invasion of privacy you feel from a break in, even when you are not home can be debilitating.   Below we point out symptoms to watch for and ways you can get help. If you or someone you know has these symptoms or is a victim contact a physician trained in trauma to get help.

Women are often times hesitant to seek help after a traumatic event; however, they tend to be at greater risk for negative consequences. They may wait years to get help or may not seek help at all.

Symptoms of Trauma:

  • Insomnia
  • Fear
  • Shock
  • Shame
  • Denial
  • Irritability
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares
  • Suicidal behavior or thoughts
  • Aggression
  • Hopelessness
  • Withdrawing from others

Physical Symptoms of Trauma:

  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Being on Edge
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Racing Heartbeat
  • Aches and Pains

Recovering from a traumatic event takes time, and everyone heals at their own pace.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You may feel like withdrawing from others but connecting with people can help you heal. Maintain relationships and ask for support.

Tip: Choose a trauma specialist you feel comfortable with or turn to family or friends for help.

Bottom line…you do not need to face this trauma on your own.

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