It’s not uncommon for past traumatic experiences to resurface during stressful times in life. Anxiety and depression can often accompany trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, there are a handful of shared symptoms found in anxiety and trauma.

Trauma occurs when an individual experiences physical or emotional pain in the face of fear and helplessness. Trauma and PTSD are often associated with incidents such as war, sexual assault, natural disaster, or a life-threatening accident. However, there are other life experiences that can cause trauma, such as childhood abuse, neglect, domestic violence, bullying, emotionally abusive relationships, and other life experiences.

Traumatic experiences can result in a number of troubling symptoms. With the help of compassionate, effective treatment, you can heal from trauma and regain a sense of control over your life.

“Do I Have PTSD?” — signs and symptoms of ptsd and trauma

Humans are wired to adapt to traumatic events in order to survive. While these adaptive skills were helpful and necessary at the time of the trauma, they often stick around and can “get in the way” of day-to-day life, even after the threat is gone.

Common signs and symptoms of trauma and PTSD include:

  • Having nightmares or trouble sleeping

  • Thinking about the trauma all the time

  • Avoiding thinking about the trauma, or avoiding places, people, or things that remind you of the trauma

  • Having difficulty remembering all or parts of the trauma

  • Being on guard to protect yourself, or feeling like something bad is about to happen

  • Jumping when there is a loud noise (also called a “startle response”)

  • Having trouble concentrating

  • Feeling anger, shame, sadness, guilt, or worthlessness

  • Feeling “crazy” or out of control

Symptoms of trauma and PTSD are normal responses to abnormal life events. There are various ways people respond to trauma, and many people who have experienced trauma have a feeling that there is “something wrong with them.” Just know that this is a common feeling for people who have experienced trauma.

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Healing from trauma and PTSD is possible.

One highly effective treatment for trauma and PTSD is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. EMDR is an effective, evidence-based treatment that accesses the parts of the brain where the trauma is “stuck.” As a result of successful EMDR therapy, the trauma memories get “unstuck” and reprocessed so that the trauma no longer has a strong hold on day-to-day life. Learn more about EMDR therapy here.

If you’re a young adult looking for a trauma therapist in St. Paul, MN, it’s simple to get started. Just click below so we can get connected and learn more about one another. If it sounds like we’re a good fit, we’ll schedule our first session together.