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Are You Struggling After a Trauma?

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 experienced.

While trauma may be a one-time event, 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 several distressing symptoms. The primary symptoms of PTSD include re-experiencing (re-living) the event, avoiding triggers that are reminiscent of the event, hyperarousal (feeling hyper alert, started easily), and experiencing persistent negative thoughts and beliefs about the event.

Take Our Emotional Trauma Test

At Pathlight, we’ve created a self-assessment that can help you understand if you are suffering from emotional trauma.

Have You Experienced a Traumatic Event?

These questions can help you understand some of the many 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? (Example: You were in a car accident or were present for a terrorist attack)

Have you been continuously emotionally and psychologically harassed, bullied or invalidated (Example: You were bullied as a child in school or were harassed at work as an adult)

Have you lived through an experience where someone else was seriously injured, killed, or threatened with death or serious injury? (Example: You witnessed a car accident or a loved one was gravely injured)

Have you lived through a natural disaster? (Example: You witnessed a hurricane or tornado that threatened your wellbeing)

Have you been sexually assaulted? (Example: You experienced sexual trauma as a child or adult)

Have you been in a combat zone? (Example: You were in the Army or your job was located in a combat zone)

Do You Have Symptoms of Emotional Trauma?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of the questions above, we recommend you continuing with the questions below. These questions can help you understand the symptoms of your condition.

Do you...

  • Find yourself thinking about the event even when you don’t want to? (Example: You have trouble sleeping or turning off thoughts about the event)
  • Avoid thinking or talking about the event? (Example: You refuse to discuss the traumatic event when it is brought up by someone else)
  • Avoid going places or being in situations that remind you of the event? (Example: You hear sounds or have visions of the event)
  • Have nightmares about the event? (Example: You awake in the middle of the night after experiencing a nightmare)
  • Feel easily startled or anxious? (Example: Sounds or people make you anxious)
  • Worry about being harmed or feel “on guard”? (Example: You may feel threatened when leaving your home)
  • Feel detached or “numb”? (Example: You don’t feel like yourself or have issues communicating with others)
  • Feel shame or guilt about the event or about problems related to the event? (Example: You blame yourself for the event that occurred)
  • Find that you act irritable or angry? (Example: Sounds, people or situations make you anxious or upset) (For children/adolescents) act oppositional, act out sexually, or abuse alcohol or drugs?

You Can Recover From Emotional 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. Pathlight 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.

Emotional Trauma FAQ

  • What is emotional trauma?

    Emotional trauma can occur during a traumatic event, but its effects can continue for a long time after one has experienced trauma. These emotions can include sadness, anger, fear, shame and stress, all of which can feel overwhelming.

  • How are trauma disorders treated?

    Trauma disorders are typically treated with a combination of psychotherapy, counseling and sometimes medication. Specific modalities for managing trauma include Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), which is used to help people recover from post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions.

  • Do I have a trauma disorder?

    Trauma disorders should be discussed and diagnosed by a clinician, but there are specific signs and symptoms that are frequently present. Take our trauma quiz if you think you may be struggling with a trauma-related condition.

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Please note: this online mood and anxiety disorder screening test is not intended to diagnose an illness. If you are struggling with mood and anxiety disorder behaviors, we encourage you to call us at 877-715-1878 or find an experienced mood and anxiety disorder treatment professional near you. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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