Have you ever gone through a certain negative experience that stuck with you for the rest of your life? Whether it was an accident, violence, or abuse, the trauma from it continues to affect you. Trauma is a natural emotional response towards a terrible and frightening experience that one has had to endure. Some of the first immediate responses to traumatic events are denial and shock. However, overtime you would notice more prolonged or delayed effects such as anxiety, dissociation, persistent exhaustion, nightmares, insomnia, disorientation, unpredictability and avoidance of emotions – just to name a few.
Indicators of more extreme reactions include severe intrusive and continuous flashbacks despite returning to safety and constant anguish without any periods of maintaining relative composure.