People are in the constant search for happiness and fulfillment. Unfortunately, life could have other plans for you. Some individuals encounter traumatic events at some point that change their lives, especially if they fail to address the trauma appropriately. In some cases, you could address the consequences of the traumatic experiences accordingly but fail to recover from the post-traumatic stress. If left untreated, your mental health could get worse and adversely affect your life.
If you suspect that you or a loved one needs trauma therapy to recover, here are some signs that indicate you should take immediate action.
1. Obvious Cognitive Signs of Unhealed Trauma
Every traumatic experience is different, and people tend to deal with their cases differently. Therefore, you expect to see unique symptoms in each individual. However, one loss of cognitive function seems to be distinctive across all post-traumatic disorders. You may begin experiencing hallucinations and flashbacks that take you back to the very day that changed your life.
Signs such as mood swings, lack of concentration, disorientation, and depression may also occur. You may begin to have emotional instability, especially after suffering from nightmares and flashbacks. These are obvious signs that you need to start trauma therapy immediately.
2. Physical Impairment
Along with cognitive impairment, trauma can trigger physical signs such as migraines, lack of appetite, bloating, irregular heartbeats, unexplained fatigue, and sweating. You might notice a change in sleeping patterns that mostly affects your ability to sleep. Insomnia is rampant in post-traumatic disorder patients.
You may also have an unexplained tendency to remain alert in anticipation of potential danger around you. This often explains the fatigue and exhaustion. If you notice these physical changes after a traumatic experience, it is important to contact an expert for help.
3. Weird Behavioral Changes
Trauma may trigger certain behavioral idiosyncrasies that others may find awkward. For example, you may start building up conspiracy theories to help you make sense of the traumatic event that happened to you. You could start avoiding certain places that make you think about the event that led to your trauma.
Many people start isolating themselves from their friends and family and even lose interested in activities they previously enjoyed. Developing compulsive behaviors such as testing foods and drinks or inspecting locked doors multiple times could indicate that you haven't healed from the traumatic event.
Are you or your loved one showing any of these signs indicated above? Recovery is important to help you lead a healthy and safe life after trauma. Consider scheduling an appointment with a trauma therapy professional.