Symptoms of Emotional Trauma
in Birth and Postpartum Professionals
This list of symptoms is neither designed nor intended to be used for diagnosis. The information has been compiled from a number of sources, and is
provided here as a public service. Persons suffering from trauma or emotional distress may have all, some or none of these symptoms at any given time.
The symptoms of trauma may be delayed in onset and an individual's symptoms may change over time, worsen or improve even without care, and/or seem
unrelated to the original trauma. Please take responsibility for your own health and all aspects of your health care, including your emotional health.
  • Depression
  • Frequent crying
  • Avoidance to extreme avoidance of "triggers"
    (anything associated with the traumatic event;
    may include a certain hospital, type of client, etc.)
  • Despair
  • Hopelessness
  • Grief responses
  • Anxiety
  • "Flashbacks" (re-experiencing the event)
  • Emotional numbing
  • Jumpiness / Irritability
  • Anger, resentfulness
  • Indecision
  • Change in eating (consuming more or less)
  • Unexplained physical pain
  • Overprotectiveness toward clients
  • Emotional "flooding" (surge of intense emotion,
    comes on without warning)
  • Feeling inadequate; not good enough
  • Feelings of failure
  • Hostility toward others; combativeness
  • Inability to trust
  • Feelings of being "permanently damaged"
  • Limiting fears and anxieties
  • Overwhelm; helplessness
  • "Irrational" / poor reasoning ability
  • Obsessive &/or compulsive behaviors
  • Feeling out of control
  • Hypervigilance; always "on guard"
  • Memory lapses
  • Repetitive thoughts or images
  • Confusion
  • Overwhelmed; less ability to cope
  • Desire for control
  • "Crusading"; extremism of beliefs
  • Distracted
  • Nightmares
  • Feelings of guilt; shame
  • Social withdrawal
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Change in sleeping (less or more)
  • Maintaining more than usual emotional
    distance between yourself and clients
  • Low energy
  • Bleak feelings about future/"no future"
  • Unable to enjoy things that previously
    brought you happiness / satisfaction
  • Divisiveness; arguments
  • Denial of problems
  • Reactive patterns of thought, behavior
  • "Over-connecting," forced busy-ness
  • Feeling / acting threatened
  • Poor / self-sabotaging career choices
Many of the symptoms of emotional
trauma are the same, no matter who
you are or what caused the trauma.
This list contains some specific
behaviors and symptoms that may
indicate trauma in birth and
postpartum workers. Please also see
basic list of trauma symptoms.
Presence of these symptoms may
not indicate trauma-- just as
absence of these symptoms may not
indicate an absence of trauma.
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