Trauma: Signs and Symptoms

How do I know if you are experiencing Trauma?

Your doctor can help you find out. Call your doctor if you have any of these problems for at least 1 month:

  • Suffering from bad dreams
  • Feeling like the scary event is happening again (flashbacks)
  • Experiencing scary thoughts you can’t control
  • Staying away from places and things that remind you of what happened
  • Feeling worried, guilty, or sad
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Feeling on edge
  • Fighting with loved ones or frequent angry outbursts
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or others
  • Feeling alone.

Children who experience Trauma may show other types of problems. These can include:

  • Behaving like they did when they were younger
  • Being unable to talk
  • Complaining of stomach problems or headaches a lot
  • Refusing to go places or play with friends.

When does Trauma start?

Trauma experiences can happen at any time. Signs you've experienced major Trauma may start soon after a frightening event and then continue. Other people develop new or more severe signs months or even years later.