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Recognizing Trauma

Recognizing Trauma

The American Psychological Association defines trauma as the emotional response someone has to an extremely negative event. It is also possible to suffer trauma when you are not the victim, but a witness. For some, the effects can be so severe that they interfere with the ability to live a normal life, leaving a lasting effect on mental and emotional stability.

Common symptoms include:

  • Intense and unpredictable feelings. Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, and depression are common
  • Repeated and vivid memories of the event that result in physical reactions such as rapid heartbeat or sweating
  • Fear that the event will be repeated
  • Confusion or difficulty making decisions
  • Sleep and/or eating issues
  • A change in interpersonal relationships, such as an increase in conflict or need to isolate
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and chest pain

This list is not exhaustive. Each individual responds to trauma in a different way and the symptoms can manifest days, weeks, or even years after the event. A professional counselor can best assess the need and method of care to alleviate traumatic symptoms. The sooner the trauma is addressed, the better chance of successful and full recovery.

Ann Sheerin MA
Asheerin@GROWcounseling.com

How to Negotiate Where to Spend the Holidays as a Newly Married Couple

How to Negotiate Where to Spend the Holidays as a Newly Married Couple

Wondering where to spend the holidays as a newly married couple? As the song goes, “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go.” The question this year is, “To which Grandmother’s house to go?” One discussion I encourage pre-marriage and newly married couples to have, especially this time of year, is how…

Self-care is Not Selfish!

Self-care is Not Selfish!

Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nurture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance. ~ Jennifer Louden I’ve found myself having the conversation about self-care with several clients lately. Many of these clients have no problem…

Conflict Tools You Can Use

Conflict Tools You Can Use

While perusing Pinterest and looking for posts regarding conflict, I came across the following quote: 10% of conflict is due to difference of opinion and 90% is due to tone of voice and delivery. I was curious about the origin. While I was not able to find consensus as to the author, it seems to…

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