The dictionary defines trauma as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. If you’ve been scarred after the death of a loved one, suffered physical abuse, a severe injury or an act of violence, you may be dealing with your own brand of hell and are likely under some type of medical care. Emotional trauma and PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) can wreak havoc on the human body if not treated properly. Here are the physical symptoms:
Turmoil in the nervous system
In instances where we’re faced with severe stress and anxiety with little to no support, our nervous system will take us on a whirlwind of stages and may eventually shut down. The miracle of the human body is that it is well-equipped to handle threatening situations that are encountered throughout life.
Research shows that the energy from bottled up trauma in our musculature and connective tissue can create tension, block circulation and can ultimately lead to severe pain and disease.
Chronic fatigue or insomnia
After a traumatic experience, you may struggle to get a proper night’s sleep. But a lack of quality sleep may exacerbate your symptoms. Relaxation techniques such as journaling or meditation may be helpful.
Heart palpitations are a common symptom of trauma and anxiety. In our body’s attempt to keep us on high alert after our traumatic experience, it may remain in shock or “red alert.” It’s as if our bodies haven’t yet realized that the danger is over. If your pulse is becoming bothersome, express your concerns with your doctor.
You may find it difficult to stay focused or grounded after your stressful event. No matter how out of control you feel, allow yourself to feel what you are feeling without judging yourself.
It’s important to surround yourself with trusted family and friends who can help you get through these difficult times. Recovering from trauma may take some time. It’s important that you mobilize a team of professionals who can help you through your process.