Trauma is a deeply distressing experience that might be linked to a life event such as the death of a loved one, domestic violence, abuse, fleeing war and becoming a refugee.
Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or Post-traumatic stress disorder, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. It is possible to overcome trauma – you just need to get the right help. Contact your GP or Oxford health, Splitz and NSPCC
Symptoms of post traumatic stress
It is possible for symptoms to appear straight after a traumatic experience or later on. They’re usually noticed within six months of the experience
- Flashbacks or nightmares about what happened
- Avoidance and numbing, where you try to keep busy and avoid thinking about it
- Being tense and on guard all the time in case it happens again