Understanding your response to trauma (part 4 of 8)


Understanding your response to trauma (part 4 of 8 )


3) Symptoms of Increased Arousal

  • trouble falling or staying asleep
  • difficulty deciding anything
  • irritability
  • difficulty concentrating
  • outbursts of anger
  • spasms of grief
  • hypervigilance about safety
  • startle reactions
  • bodily reactions to triggers (e.g., sweating, nausea,
  • trembling, pain, hyperventilation)
  • knot in stomach or headache

Depending on the nature of your traumatic experience and how it was caused, you may notice any of the following changes:

  • the world feels unsafe, unfair, unpredictable, out of control
  • sense of separation from the rest of humanity
  • loss of autonomy, mobility or freedom
  • sense of betrayal, unfairness or mistrust
  • self-blame and diminished self-respect
  • sense of degradation
  • sense of humiliation or
  • sense of personal weakness
  • indifference, fatalism or cynicism
  • guilt or shame about surviving,
  • especially if others did not
  • rage, thoughts of revenge, aggressive impulses (guilt)
  • anger at people who have not been affected
  • sadness over losses
  • spiritual crisis or loss of faith

(cont…….on page 5 of 8)


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