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General Effects of Traumatic Stress

Physiological:

Psychological:

The body’s response, or the physical symptoms of traumatic stress may be prolonged

The emotional and mental responses or feelings produced during and after the traumatic stress may be prolonged and recurring

Behavioral:

The behavior that both the physiological and psychological effects might lead to after the event

EXAMPLES OF Trauma Responses

Behavioral

Psychological

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Trauma Responses

  • Quickened breath
  • Muscle tightening
  • Weakened immune system Increased blood pressure
  • Slower healing
  • Increased fat storage
  • Increased digestive & sleep problems
  • Headaches

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger, irritability, mood swings
  • Guilt, shame, self-blame
  • Feeling disconnected or numb
  • Intrusive thoughts/Flashbacks
  • Nightmares

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Temper/emotional outbursts
  • Startled easily and erratic movements
  • Activity level change
  • Withdrawn
  • Substance abuse
  • Avoidance of reminders
  • Imitate abuse
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Eating Disturbances

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