Dealing with Psychological Trauma

Psychological or emotional trauma is no light matter. People who experience it are scarred permanently. It can prevent a person from living a normal life. Fortunately there is a right way in dealing with it.

Symptoms of Psychological Trauma

Before you learn how to deal with psychological trauma, you should learn how to recognize its symptoms first. Because people can react differently to a traumatic event, pinpointing trauma from its symptoms is not an easy matter. Here are some of the more common symptoms that you should be on the lookout for:

    • Shock
    • Denial that the event happened
    • Anger or intense irritability
    • Sadness or hopelessness
    • Guilt
    • Confusion


There are other symptoms that can manifest when a person is suffering from psychological trauma. Sometimes it can be a confusing jumble of these emotions and the person suffering could not explain it. Keep in mind that there is no black and white way of reacting to psychological trauma. Other people’s reactions cannot be used as a measuring stick for you.

Physical Symptoms

What we have mentioned are the behavioural symptoms of trauma, but on top of those there are also physical symptoms that you need to reckon with. These can include insomnia or difficulty in sleeping or in staying asleep. Sometimes that condition can be worsened by nightmares where you might be forced to live through the traumatic event. Another sign of having lived through a traumatic event is being startled too easily accompanied by a racing heartbeat.

If you always feel on the edge and you feel always tired then those are physical symptoms of the fact that you have gone through a traumatic experience. The physical symptoms that we have listed can last for a couple months or sometimes just a few days. But even after the physical symptoms have stopped manifesting that does not mean that you are okay. That you are feeling a bit better does not mean there are no longer problems. You would still be bothered by memories of the event. Anything that reminds you of the traumatic event could trouble you greatly.

When to Get Professional Help

You might be able to heal from a traumatic experience. Some people do it quickly while others heal a lot slower, but if the symptoms are taking a toll on how you live your life then it might be better if you seek professional help right away rather than to try and heal at your own pace. You would have to seek the right therapist to help you out with your healing.

How do you find the right therapist? First of all you have to be comfortable in discussing your issues with your therapist. If you feel a little uneasy in doing that then better seek someone else. You should also get the feeling that the therapist is really getting what it is going through. The therapist should also take all of your concerns seriously and not minimized.

Keep these tips in mind when you are seeking the right therapist to talk to.