A traumatic event can be anything from a car crash to a natural disaster. It can also include experiencing violence, being threatened or witnessing assault or abuse . Being involved or seeing such an event can lead to difficulty moving on and symptoms of trauma can be variable. Symptoms differ from person to person. Some common symptoms include:
- Stress/anxiety/panic attacks
- Using drugs or alcohol to cope
- Distressing memories/flashbacks
- Panic attacks
- Loss of self-esteem
- Feeling detached from other people
Sometimes people can find that the symptoms don’t improve and can get worse. If the symptoms persist for months this may be post traumatic stress disorder.