Symptoms of Emotional Trauma
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 of "triggers" (anything associated
    with the traumatic event; may include the baby)
  • Despair
  • Hopelessness
  • Grief responses
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Panic attacks
  • "Flashbacks" (re-experiencing the event)
  • Emotional numbing
  • Jumpiness / Irritability
  • Uncharacteristically angry, resentful
  • Indecision
  • Altered sense of time
  • "Flat" affect - no emotions displayed
  • Change in eating (consuming more or less)
  • Unexplained physical pain
  • Overprotectiveness toward baby
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Emotional "flooding" (surge of intense emotion,
    comes on without warning)
  • Thoughts of harming self or others
  • Feeling inadequate
  • Obsessive behaviors
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Feeling out of control
  • Hypervigilance; always "on guard"
  • Memory lapses
  • Repetitive scary thoughts or images
  • Confusion
  • Overwhelmed; less ability to cope
  • Desire for control
  • Detachment
  • Distraction
  • Nightmares
  • Fearfulness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Social withdrawal
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Feeling distracted
  • Change in sleeping (less or more)
  • No feelings for baby, not wanting the
    baby, or feeling unworthy of the baby
  • Low energy
  • Bleak feelings about future/"no future"
  • Feeling "in a fog," lost
  • Unable to enjoy things that previously
    brought him/her happiness
  • Hostility toward others; frequent arguments
  • Substance abuse / addictions
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Poor impulse control
  • Denial of problems
  • Feelings of being "permanently damaged"
  • Shame and guilt
  • Ineffectiveness
  • Limiting fears and anxieties
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, society
  • Extreme avoidance of anything reminiscent
    of original trauma
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Fear / avoidance of intimacy
  • Inability to trust
  • Hopelessness; pessimism about the future
  • Reactive patterns of thought, behavior
  • Poor career or lifestyle choices
  • Often feels and acts threatened
  • Inability to maintain a close relationship
  • Poor choice of partner, spouse, friends
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • "Irrational"; poor logical / reasoning ability
  • Overwhelm; helplessness
Please note that these feelings or
symptoms may sometimes be a
normal part of adjustment after
giving birth or becoming a parent.
However, if they are intense, long-
lasting, and/or if they interfere with
your ability to function at home,
work or school, that may be a sign
that this is not an adjustment issue
and you may benefit from EFT or
other support and assistance.
EILEEN SULLIVAN, CERTIFIED EFT PRACTITIONER (EFTCERT-I)                                                                  EMAIL: AREYOUTAPPING (AT) YAHOO (DOT) COM                                                                                            (704) 905-4665
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your use of EFT. Eileen Sullivan is not a licensed health professional. She offers EFT as a certified EFT practitioner, ordained interfaith minister, and certified holistic doula. Where appropriate, please consult your healthcare practitioners regarding your
use of EFT. It is VITAL to note that you should not stop taking any prescribed medications, nor alter your dosage, without the advice of the prescribing physician.
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