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3 Signs You Might Be
Struggling With Trauma

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Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of Trauma

Trauma can have a profound impact on an individual’s well-being and overall quality of life. It is important to recognize and address the signs of trauma to ensure appropriate support and healing. In this article, we will discuss three common signs that may indicate you are struggling with trauma. By understanding these signs, you can take the necessary steps towards healing and regaining control of your life.

1. Intrusive Thoughts and Memories Associated with Trauma

One of the key signs of trauma is the experience of intrusive thoughts and memories. If you find yourself constantly haunted by distressing recollections or flashbacks of a traumatic event, it may be an indication that you are grappling with trauma. These thoughts and memories can surface unexpectedly, causing intense emotional distress and interfering with your ability to focus on daily activities.

2. Emotional Dysregulation

Another telltale sign of trauma is emotional dysregulation. If you frequently experience intense mood swings, heightened emotional reactivity, or difficulty managing your emotions, it could be a result of underlying trauma. Traumatic experiences can disrupt your emotional equilibrium, making it challenging to regulate and express emotions in a healthy and balanced manner.

3. Avoidance and Withdrawal

Individuals struggling with trauma often resort to avoidance and withdrawal as coping mechanisms. If you find yourself consistently avoiding situations, people, or places that remind you of the traumatic event, it may be an indication that you are trying to protect yourself from triggering memories or emotions. Withdrawal from social activities, hobbies, or relationships can also be a manifestation of trauma-related struggles.

If You're Struggling with Trauma, Seek Support & Healing

If you identify with any of these signs, it is crucial to seek support and professional help to begin the healing process. Trauma can have a lasting impact on your mental, emotional, and physical well-being, but it is possible to overcome its effects with the right assistance. Therapists, counselors, and support groups specializing in trauma can provide the guidance and tools you need to navigate your healing journey successfully.


Recognizing the signs of trauma is the first step towards reclaiming your life and well-being. Intrusive thoughts and memories, emotional dysregulation, and avoidance behaviors are all common indicators of underlying trauma. Remember, you are not alone, and there is support available to help you heal and move forward. Take that first step towards a brighter future by seeking the assistance you deserve.

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Rebecca Sidoti, LCSW

Rebecca Sidoti, LCSW

Rebecca is the founder of Mind by Design Counseling. She is an expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, and has a knack for working with high-intensity, driven individuals who are seeking the ever-elusive balance of professional and personal wellness.