Trauma Symptoms

symptomsLife feels very difficult much of the time for trauma survivors. They may experience only a few or many symptoms. This is a partial list. Survivors of C-PTSD (Complex PTSD) and regular PTSD have symptoms but may not know that the cause. This is especially true of C-PTSD where there was neglect, but no overt abuse.

Here’s a list of symptoms common to both C-PTSD and regular PTSD:

  • Black & White / All or none thinking
  • Brain fog / difficulty concentrating
  • Addictions / addictive behavior
  • Emotional Flashbacks
  • Passive attitude towards life or alternatively overly aggressive (fight attitude)
  • Inner &/ or Outer Critic (Extreme criticism of self or others or situations)
  • Toxic Shame
  • Self-Abandonment
  • Social anxiety / general anxiety
  • Chronic exhaustion
  • Lack of affect (emotions)
  • Diminished capacity for connection
  • Attachment disorders
  • Shallow breathing
  • Body armoring (chronic muscle tension)
  • Abject feelings of loneliness and abandonment
  • Fragile Self-esteem
  • Developmental Arrests
  • Relationship difficulties: Overly avoidant or needy vs. secure in relationships
  • Radical mood vacillations
  • Dissociation / disconnection from self and others
  • Hair-triggered fight/ flight response
  • Over sensitivity to stressful situations
  • Suicidal ideation

A variety of medical conditions due to trauma and a dysregulated nervous system may be present as well. These are often diagnosed as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, and others. These do occur independent of trauma, yet they’re also often associated with it.