Going through very stressful, frightening or distressing events is sometimes called trauma. When we talk about emotional or psychological trauma, we might mean: situations or events we find traumatic and how we’re affected by our experiences. Traumatic events can happen at any age and can cause long-lasting harm. Everyone has a different reaction to trauma, so you might notice any effects quickly, or a long time afterwards.
Possible signs of trauma
- Flashbacks of the event.
- Avoiding things or people that remind you of the trauma.
- Feeling irritable and ‘on edge’ for large periods of time.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Difficulty sleeping and having nightmares.
- Physical signs such as headaches, stomach aches or feeling sick.
- Signs of other mental health issues such as depression or anxiety.