Effects of traumatic stress

Stressful and disturbing events can result in feelings of helplessness, anxiety, depression and loss of control. There is no single way to respond to trauma, and each person who is affected will cope and heal in their own ways. Learn how to identify the effects of trauma and find resources in Stark County to help you move forward in a positive direction.

Common signs of trauma

Someone who has experienced trauma might display the following attitudes and behaviors:

  • Anxiety and fear
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling numb, withdrawn and helpless
  • Guilt and self-blame
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Muscle tension, aches and pains
  • Nightmares and trouble sleeping
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Shock and denial


About trauma symptoms

Whether they last days, months or years, the effects of emotional trauma generally tend to fade over time but resurface periodically. Symptoms are most likely to come back after emotional triggers, such as an anniversary or something that reminds you of the event.

When to reach out for support

It is always a good idea to seek out support from a professional trauma counselor if you believe you or someone you love has been traumatized. You may want to reach out for help if you:

  • Are struck with terrifying memories or flashbacks
  • Avoid people and places that remind you of the trauma
  • Feel numb, withdrawn and disconnected
  • Get overwhelmed with anxiety or depression
  • Have trouble functioning in daily life
  • Use alcohol, drugs or other harmful coping strategies