Young Women and Trauma

Are you a young woman who has had emotionally or physically devastating experiences that have left you feeling overwhelmed, helpless, confused, anxious, frightened and unable to function?

Maybe you just feel “numb” and you’re floating through life. Maybe you’re so sad that you find it difficult to get out of bed and engage in life. Or maybe you’re mad as hell and you’re engaging in risky behavior. It is possible that you are suffering from the effects of emotional and psychological trauma and the symptoms and feelings that you are experiencing are reactions to the trauma. Traumatic experiences can shatter your sense of self, cause you to lose your sense of safety and your ability to trust others.

What makes an event “traumatic?”

A person’s subjective experience determines whether an event or life circumstance is traumatic. Emotional and psychological trauma can be caused by a number of life events and circumstances. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized.

An event can lead to trauma if:

  • It happened unexpectedly
  • You were unprepared for it
  • You felt powerless to prevent it
  • It happened repeatedly
  • Someone was intentionally cruel
  • It happened in childhood

Trauma experienced in childhood can have a severe and long-lasting effect. When childhood trauma is not resolved, a sense of fear and helplessness carries over into adulthood, setting the stage for further trauma.

People who have experienced trauma experience a wide range of reactions. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to think, feel, or respond.

Symptoms of trauma can be emotional, psychological and physical, including but not limited to:

    • Shock, denial, or disbelief
    • Anger, irritability, mood swings
    • Guilt, shame, self-blame
    • Feeling sad or hopeless
    • Insomnia or nightmares
    • Being startled easily
    • Racing heartbeat
    • Aches and pains
    • Muscle tension
    • Confusion, difficulty concentrating
    • Anxiety and fear
    • Withdrawing from others
    • Feeling disconnected or numb
    • Fatigue
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Edginess and agitation

If you are a young woman who has had bad things happen in childhood or recent times and you are struggling, I can help. Don’t hesitate, call me to schedule a phone consultation today.