Trauma makes a person feel vulnerable and uncertain about whom and what they can trust. This can lead to a variety of behaviors.
Some people may try to control events by assuming excess responsibility; others may avoid responsibility due to loss of self-confidence.
Some people withdraw, while others engage in increased social activity and substance use to cope with their emotional pain.
Victims of repeated trauma in the context of relationships, such as childhood sexual abuse, may struggle with long-term issues related to self-esteem, their body, intimacy and sexuality.
· Numbness and confusion
· Feeling unreal
· Hyper vigilance
· Easy startle response
· Anxiety and depression
· Difficulty falling asleep
· Intense distress in situations that remind one of the traumatic event
· Recurrent thoughts/memories/images of the event
· Repetitive dreams, nightmares related to the event
· Efforts to avoid anything that reminds one of the event
· Poor concentration and memory
· Low energy
· Sense of detachment from others
· Various somatic complaints, such as muscle aches
· Understanding the impact of trauma on physical, psychological and social levels
· Normalizing your reactions
· Praising yourself for having survived
· Talking about difficult feelings and experiences with other caring people
· Journaling about your experience
· Learning deep relaxation skills
· Caring for yourself through nurturing activities
· Exercise and good nutrition
· Gaining perspective on your experience to help you gently face fears
· Staying involved in important life activities and relationships
· Seeking spiritual support
· Using counseling and support groups for help
The ISU Student Counseling Center is available to help you in your recovery. Come see us anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, or call 812-237-3939 to schedule an appointment.