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Healing Your Emotional Issues: Signs, Symptoms, and Recovery

Whether it happened yesterday or years ago, a traumatic experience often leaves you struggling with frightening emotional issues and memories that you’re not equipped to deal with on your own. The good news is that you can heal, move on, and regain control of your life.

When you’ve gone through an experience that leaves you feeling scared, unsafe, numb, or hurting, it can take more than time to help you move past the pain—it can take the help of a professional.

What are emotional issues and psychological trauma?

Emotional issues are often the result of a stressful event—one that shatters your sense of security and leaves you feeling vulnerable and exposed. It’s important to note that while many events that cause emotional issues involve physical harm (or the threat of it) a threat to your life or safety is not necessary for something to be traumatic. The more helpless, frightened, or upset you feel, the more likely you are to suffer trauma from a situation.

What types of events cause psychological trauma and emotional issues?

An event is most likely to cause recurring emotional trauma if it happened unexpectedly, and you were unprepared for it. Other factors that contribute to whether or not an event will possibly lead to emotional issues down the road include whether or not it happened during childhood, whether it was a repeated occurrence, and if there was intentional cruelty involved.

Some of these events include:

  • Child abuse
  • Sexual molestation
  • Rape
  • Diagnosis of a serious or life threatening illness
  • The death of a loved one
  • Surgery
  • Assault (or being the victim of any type of crime)
  • Divorce (or the sudden end to a long relationship)
  • Sports injuries

What are some of the symptoms of emotional issues?

Psychological trauma can take on several different forms, and it’s not always easy to distinguish the signs and symptoms. The symptoms of emotional issues can last for days, months, or even years following the event that caused them.

When deciding whether or not to seek professional counseling, keep an eye out for the following signs:

  • Feelings of shock, denial, and disbelief
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anger and sudden mood swings
  • Depression, anxiety, and feelings of hopelessness
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Insomnia
  • Panic attacks

When to seek professional help for your emotional issues

Recovering from emotional trauma takes time. And while everyone heals at their own pace, it’s also important to know when it’s time to seek out a counselor to help you regain control of your life.

If you’re having trouble functioning at home or work, are becoming increasing depressed, are experiencing memories or flashbacks that are frightening you, find yourself pushing away your closest relationships, or are turning to alcohol or drugs to cope, then it’s time to get help.