What does trauma sound like?
People who have experienced trauma often say things like:
- “I feel stuck or numb”
- “I don’t know what to do
- “It’s hard for me to fall asleep”
- “I have nightmares”
- “It’s hard for me to take a deep breath”
These statements reflect the physical effects of the trauma stored in the body.
Below are three common symptoms related to these statements:
- Nightmares – are a key reflection of trauma. The person not have nightmares of the actual trauma experience, but the nightmares will have aspects of the feelings such as danger, flying, being attacked. The body and nervous system experience the trauma and when we sleep the body continues to process the experience.
- Sleep – Thus it’s not uncommon for people to have nightmares to not want to sleep because that would entail experiencing more nightmares. Hence, people with trauma often have poor sleep, which leads to other health issues.
- Stuck or Numb – I notice clients often state they feel numb or stuck. They do not know what to do or if they do it is hard for them to take action. Most likely, if the person experienced trauma the body goes self protection mode and freezes. We shut down ourself emotionally. When we shut off negative emotions, we also shut off positive emotions. Thus, the numbing response is a result of the head and heart’s self-protective efforts to the overwhelming emotions.
Of course there are many other trauma symptoms. If you or someone you know is struggling with trauma, do not hesitate to reach out to a professional. This blog is meant to be informative, but are NOT a substitute for professional therapy.