First, what is trauma? Trauma, simply put, is our emotional and physiological response to distressing events – or series of distressing events – in our life. There is Type A trauma and Type B trauma.
Types of Trauma
Type A traumas are things we needed but didn’t get, especially in childhood. Neglect, abandonment, malnutrition, lack of age appropriate boundaries, lack of affection, even an unhealthy emotional home environment would all be examples of Type A Trauma
Type B trauma comes from terrible things that happen to us – things like a natural disaster, horrible accident, sexual assault, war, or physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
Type A comes from not getting the things we need, and Type B trauma originates from the bad things that have happened to us. With both types, research shows a strong correlation between unresolved trauma and our mental health.
How Unresolved Trauma Presents Itself
Have you ever found yourself really overreacting or having a reaction that was much bigger than what the situation called for? Maybe your response was irrational or over the top and a family member or friend called it out as such.
It’s very possible your response and reaction were influenced by an unhealed trauma. One very common sign of unresolved trauma is emotional reactions that don’t seem to match the situation.
Signs You May have Unresolved Trauma
This is not an exhaustive list, but here are a few other signs that you may have unresolved trauma impacting your mental health.
- Emotional outbursts that don’t fit the circumstances
- Unexplainable anger
- Flashbacks or nightmares
- Symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Relationship issues like lack of trust, self esteem issues, or feelings of worthlessness.
Find Answers & Get Relief
If you know you have unresolved trauma or you suspect that you might have trauma impacting your mental health and relationships, I hope you don’t wait any longer to do something about it. I would be honored to guide you in exploring how your history is impacting your present and help you to heal those parts of you burdened with the past trauma.
Freedom, both personally and relationally, is waiting for you.