Medical related traumas can happen to anyone. They happened to me, and you’ll hear more about mine and another client’s in today’s podcast.
In a previous trauma tips episode, I shared about subjective emotional experiences. In short, our perception of the trauma determines how we internalize what happened.
This is very true of children as well. As I have stated previously, a child cannot make logic relating to the event. In light of this, the child will internalize or act out their emotional reactions. These emotional reactions can vary in intensity depending on the severity of the child’s interpretation.
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If someone has been negatively affected by a medical event, procedure, in fact any trauma, they may find themselves re-experiencing or thinking a lot about the episode long after the event has taken place. This can show up as nightmares, flashbacks, and even physical symptoms such as being triggered by something you may see, smell, or hear. If you’ve been affected, you might try to avoid places, conversations or try to not think about things connected with the trauma.
The second indicator is seen when a person may want to stay away from certain people or activities that remind them of the event. They may start to show extreme caution and not want to enjoy certain things anymore.
The third most common indicator of trauma is seen in the way a person responds to danger. You may be familiar with these three indicators: fight, flight and freeze but what about the newest one that has been included, Fawn. What does it mean to be a Fawner? Let’s start to learn more about traumas and the way we respond to them in another episode of trauma tips.