Emotional, or psychological, trauma is damage to the psychological makeup of an individual after living through a very distressing or frightening event. Trauma often affects one’s ability to cope or function normally in society. Emotional trauma may result from any number of events, including:
- Exposure to sudden danger (e.g. armed robbery, burglary, car accident, rape, suicide, terrorism).
- Exposure to prolonged danger (e.g. war, child abuse, child neglect, molestation, sexual abuse).
- Relationship problems, breakup, or divorce.
- Death of a loved one.
- Diagnosis of a life-threatening condition.
- Being a victim of bullying, or playing the part of a bully.
- Experience of profound failure or humiliation.
Trauma often precedes the onset of severe anxiety and depression, as is the case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sadly, many individuals with emotional trauma do not seek help. Some may not recognize that they, in fact, need help. Identifying the potential signs of trauma could make a difference in such a case.
On that note, here are eight possible behaviors of someone who suffers from emotional trauma: