Experiencing a traumatic event can have lasting effects on people’s lives, it can impact their relationships with others, and can lead to other issues, such as depression, anxiety, or addiction. Whether you were in a war, were sexually abused, witnessed or were involved in an accident, or any other type of traumatic experience, help from a therapist can provide you with the skills to handle and lessen the symptoms, giving you hope for a brighter future. Texas Online Counseling offers a team of therapists online who can help you face your traumatic experience, learn how to manage the symptoms, and more.

Symptoms of a Traumatic Experience Can Include:

Intrusive memories

Symptoms of intrusive memories may include:

  • Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event
  • Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks)
  • Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event
  • Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event

Avoidance

Symptoms of avoidance may include:

  • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
  • Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event

Negative changes in thinking and mood

Symptoms of negative changes in thinking and mood may include:

  • Negative thoughts about yourself, other people, or the world
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • Feeling detached from family and friends
  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Difficulty experiencing positive emotions
  • Feeling emotionally numb

Changes in physical and emotional reactions

Symptoms of changes in physical and emotional reactions (also called arousal symptoms) may include:

  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Always being on guard for danger
  • Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability, angry outbursts, or aggressive behavior
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame

Get in touch with our team of online therapists to start your journey toward healing.