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Are You Struggling After a Trauma?

Take this brief self-assessment

At least half of the population will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime. A traumatic event is an event involving relational trauma, death, serious injury or sexual violence. These events can be threatened or actually experienced.

Trauma may be a one-time event or many traumatic experiences over a long period of time, like being abused as a child.

It is common for people to experience acute (short-term) distress following a traumatic event. About 7 to 8 percent of people will develop chronic (long-lasting) distress that causes serious problems in their lives: posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or another trauma-related disorder.

Posttraumatic stress disorder is a psychological and physiological response that causes a number of distressing symptoms. The primary symptoms of PTSD include re-experiencing (re-living) the event, avoiding triggers that remind one of the event, hyperarousal (feeling hyper alert, started easily), and experiencing persistent negative thoughts and beliefs about the event.


Trauma self-assessment quiz

This quiz outlines some symptoms that are associated with trauma-related disorders.

  • Have you lived through an experience where you were seriously injured or threatened with death or serious injury?
  • Have you been continuously emotionally and psychologically harassed, bullied, or invalidated?
  • Have you lived through an experience where someone else was seriously injured, killed, or threatened with death or serious injury?
  • Have you lived through a natural disaster?
  • Have you been sexually assaulted?
  • Have you been in a combat zone?

If you answered yes to one of the above, do you:

  • Find yourself thinking about the event even when you don’t want to?
  • Avoid thinking or talking about the event?
  • Avoid going places or being in situations that remind you of the event?
  • Have nightmares about the event?
  • Feel easily startled or anxious?
  • Worry about being harmed or feel “on guard”?
  • Feel detached or “numb”?
  • Feel shame or guilt about the event or about problems related to the event?
  • Find that you act irritable or angry?
  • (For children/adolescents) act oppositional, act out sexually, or abuse alcohol or drugs?

These questions can help you understand some of the many symptoms that are associated with trauma-related disorders.


You can recover following a trauma

It is normal to be upset and affected by a traumatic event for several weeks — or even for several months. But when symptoms, like the ones listed on our brief trauma quiz, last longer than several months — or greatly disrupt your relationships, job or home life — you may be suffering with posttraumatic stress disorder or another related illness.

Insight has helped many people fully recover from PTSD. We offer in-depth assessments and collaborative treatment from qualified medical, psychiatric and mental health professionals.

If you are concerned that you, or someone you love, might need help following a trauma, please call us at (877) 711-1878. We would be happy to discuss our comprehensive PTSD treatment offerings or schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our Master’s-level clinicians.