Complex Trauma and PTSD Symptoms and Conditions
Trauma symptoms and conditions will become apparent mentally, emotionally and physically. Whichever way trauma enters the body or mind, all aspects of the human psyche are involved.
Unreleased traumatic stress disrupts the nervous system and emotional balance. It puts the nervous system on high alert; this is accompanied by a whole list of inhibited tendencies which manifest as anxiety, panic, hyperactivity and vigilance, inability to relax, emotional flooding, sleeplessness, rage, and hostility.
The Trauma Symptoms of Activation and Collapse
Once the energy is negatively discharged through the symptoms mentioned above, the nervous system often spirals into a depressed state accompanied by lethargy, deadness, disconnection, exhaustion, complex syndromes, and depression.
The sooner we seek help after a traumatizing event, the better off we will be. If we live with the effects of trauma for too long, we tend to develop coping habits and survival strategies to help regulate the high energy arousal of the nervous system. These coping, proxy habits can, often as not, develop from soft options into focal points and serious problems in their own right. When I say coping habits, think of addictions like excessive medication, drugs, food, drink, sex/porn, gambling and/or shopping.
The emotional charge of trauma linked to a coping habit reinforces an unhealthy, cyclic, revolving door of intense build-up and release of energy in the nervous system.
An Overview of Complex PTSD and Trauma Symptoms:
flash-backs and nightmares
severe somatic reactions
amnesia of the event
hyperactivity and vigilance
social isolation behavior
inability to relax
rage and hostility
projection into blame and guilt
Possible Psychological Conditions Ensuing from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
borderline personality disorder
Possible Physical Conditions Ensuing from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
chronic fatigue syndrome
lower back pain
high blood pressure
irritable bowel syndrome