Trauma and depression

Trauma is insidious. It hides itself like a capsule in your brain and left untended, comes back to haunt you. Sometimes you start having reactions or symptoms soon after the traumatic incident, and sometimes it returns years, even decades later and manifests itself as anxiety or depression. As humans, most of us find the strength to keep moving even after having experienced a devastating life incident, and many go on to become what is known as “high-functioning”, but it doesn’t mean that the trauma has been resolved.

Some people recovery from trauma naturally over time, but for others it is not as simple. If you find yourself experiencing some or most of the following, you may have experienced trauma that you may not even remember.

  1. Flashbacks triggered by the unlikeliest of things – a song, a perfume, a visual. The “capsule” saves sensory feedback from the trauma.
  2. Nightmares, and not necessarily related to the traumatic event
  3. Wanting to avoid  certain places, objects or people
  4. Feeling like you are cut off from your body, or floating or in a dream
  5. Irritability and outbursts
  6. Being constantly alert or “on guard”
  7. Difficulty concentrating
  8. Disturbed sleep
  9. Engaging in behaviors you know are not good for you
  10. Not wanting to do anything, feeling detached, and feeling negative emotions like sadness, guilt, shame or fear most of the time
  11. Thinking negative thoughts persistently – “I am bad,” “The world is dangerous” etc.
  12. Blaming yourself for the cause of the trauma

Many people dealing with depression have suffered through trauma in the past and have never had the opportunity to process it.  Recovery from trauma is a process, but it can happen. It is exhausting, scary and downright painful, but through pain comes strength.

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