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Recognizing trauma

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According to the American Psychological Association, the following are common symptoms of trauma:

  • Feelings become intense and sometimes are unpredictable. Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, and depression are coming manifestations of this.
  • Flashbacks: repeated and vivid memories of the event that lead to physical reactions such as rapid heartbeat or sweating
  • Confusion or difficulty making decisions
  • Fear that the emotional event will be repeated
  • A change in interpersonal relationships skills, such as an increase in conflict or a more withdrawn and avoidant personality
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and chest pain
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