Identifying the Symptoms
One of the main reasons why trauma sufferers can take so long to get the right treatment is that both the individuals affected and the people around them do not know what symptoms to look for.
As we have already highlighted, a traumatic situation can affect different people in different ways. There are a wide range of symptoms associated with trauma sufferers, which is one of the main reasons why it is often misdiagnosed.
For the sufferer, the sooner these symptoms are identified and treatment sought, the quicker they are likely to improve, both personally and professionally.
Trauma warning signs that you need to look out for:
- Flashbacks and hallucinations
- Disturbed sleep
- Social and Emotional Withdrawal
- A Sense of having a foreshortened future
- Inability to concentrate
- Hyper vigilance
Individuals who experience trauma injury very often go on to develop:
- Phobias/ Panic attacks
- Increased Alcohol, Smoking and Drug Use
- Feelings of suicide and being unable to cope
- A sense of isolation
Trauma Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) exacts a great toll on sufferers.
Medication and counselling while helping to alleviate some of the depression will not cure psychological trauma injury. Untreated it can last a life time and in an attempt to cope with the frightening and intrusive symptoms sufferers frequently abuse alcohol and drugs thus introducing all the problems of addiction to their lives in a bid to escape the nightmares of living with trauma.