Signs of Unresolved Trauma

Treatment for DepressionSigns of Unresolved Trauma

The list below includes some of the signs which are seen in clients who have experienced unresolved trauma.

  • Thoughts of Suicide
  • Self-Injury
  • Self-Destructive Addictions: Eating Disorders, Self Mutilation, Sexual Addictions, Gambling
  • Intrusive or Repetitive Thoughts, Images, or Feelings
  • Flashbacks or Nightmares
  • Inability to Tolerate Feelings
  • Inability to Tolerate Conflict
  • Shame and Guilt
  • Feelings of Low Self-Worth
  • Being a Victim or a Perpetrator
  • Attachment Issues
  • Black and White Thinking
  • Dissociation

Assessing for Trauma

If you answer yes to some or all of these questions, you might have unresolved trauma keeping you from living the life that you want to experience.

  • Have you ever experienced emotional abuse, neglect, physical or sexual abuse?
  • Do you have intrusive thoughts or images regarding these experiences?
  • Do you ever have flashbacks or feel like the abuse is still happening?
  • Are you currently experiencing or have you experienced thoughts of suicide, an inability to function, self- injurious behaviors or addictions?
  • Do you ever lose time?
  • Do you feel you often act on impulses and don’t have control over your behaviors?
  • Do you have difficulty managing feelings of anger, sadness, shame, and rage?
  • How did your family express their feelings when you were growing up?

What is Dissociation…

People dissociate on a regular basis when driving their car, daydreaming, or while sitting in a class at school. Trauma survivors and abuse survivors often use dissociation as a defense mechanism. Although this is crucial to survival and protects you during a crisis, it can also become a dysfunction if it interferes with daily life. While the ability to dissociate can serve as a protective measure by allowing the person to endure traumatic experiences without having to fully “feel” them, the protective measure of dissociation can sometimes work against you. It can also be a sign of unresolved trauma, which may indicate a need for further professional help. If you or someone close to you is having difficulty with daily functioning due to a dissociative disorder, please feel free to contact me.