Unpredictable, overwhelming emotions
In the wake of trauma, we often feel caught off guard by emotions that consume us for no apparent reason. It is common to feel anxious or angry out of the blue, or to snap at others, having little tolerance for things to go wrong. You may alternate between feeling highly emotional and feeling shut down, numb or empty, which often seems like the only way to maintain control of your life and emotions.
Doubt or shame
As we don’t often talk about trauma in our day-to-day life, many individuals who have been heavily affected by trauma find themselves wondering: is this actually trauma? Am I over-reacting? Was it my fault? This may be exacerbated by debates on social media or in the news, or you might find yourself constantly thinking about someone expressing their disbelief or surprise that you are still not ‘over it’ or ‘back to normal’.