Common Reactions To Trauma

Physical Reactions

  • Jittery
  • Muscle tension
  • Upset stomach
  • Fatigue
  • Teeth grinding
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Easily startled
  • Spacey
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble breathing

Cognitive Reactions

  • Changes in the way one thinks about self, other people and the world
  • Hyper-vigilance
  • Intrusive images
  • Nightmares
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Being reminded of the trauma by simple events
  • Self-denigrate
  • Loss of trust
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Denial

Emotional Reactions

  • Fear, inability to feel safe
  • Sadness, grief, depression
  • Anger, irritability
  • Numbness, lack of feeling
  • Feeling helpless & hopeless
  • Loss of joy
  • Guilt
  • Emptiness
  • Blunted and then extreme emotions
  • Despair

Behavioral Reactions

  • Alcohol and/or drug abuse
  • Exaggerated startle response
  • Change in sexual behavior
  • Neglect of health and daily activities
  • Avoidance of situations
  • Isolation from others
  • Hysterical reactions
  • Anger outbursts
  • Sleep disturbances

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