Trauma affects emotions

Injuries can be physical or mental. Trauma or painful sensations affect emotions through stress. grief, having negative thoughts or even losing hope about life. Good pain control improves the emotions of the person.

1. Types of post-traumatic reactions

Instant emotional reactions: Initial reactions to trauma can include exhaustion ,confusion, sadness, anxiety, agitation, paralysis, dialysis, confusion, physical irritation and severe effects. Signs of more serious reactions include constant suffering without being able to calm down or rest, severe di dised symptoms and severely penetrating recollections.

Late emotional response: Delayed response to injury may include persistent fatigue, sleep disorders, nightmares,recurrent fear, anxiety focused on rescindment, depression and emotional evasion, sensations or trauma-related activities.

2. Diagnosis of trauma-related emotional disorders

Traumatic-related emotional disorders include a series of the following specific symptoms and criteria:


In addition to the initial emotional reactions, the easiest reactions to emerge include anger, fear, sadness and shame. This may be related to past injuries.

Emotional conditioning disorders


After a concussion, sports people may have emotional problems

Post-traumatic stress has two emotional extremes: Feeling too much emotion (overwhelming) or too little emotion (paralysis). Some trauma survivors have difficulty adjusting emotions such as anger, anxiety, sadness and shame – the more this happens if the injury occurs at a young age. Substance abuse is one of the methods that traumatised people use to try to regain emotional control, although ultimately causes further emotional conditioning disorders. Patients may try to regulate emotions by participating in high-risk or self-injury behaviors, eating disorders, coercive behaviors such as gambling or over-work, and suppressing or rejecting emotions. However, not all self-regulating behaviors are considered negative. In fact, some people will be creative, live healthier lives and participate in social organizations.

Emotional paralysis

Emotional paralysis is an emotional condition that separates from thoughts, behaviors and memories. The person will show manifestations of hiding internal emotions, limiting interaction and not being able to link any emotions.

Psychological changes

The standard for diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder pays a lot to psychological symptoms, but some patients may initially manifest it with physical symptoms. Common symptoms and physical disorders include sleep disorders; disorders of digestion ,cardiovascular, nervous, mesent muscle and joints, respiratory, dermatology; urinary problems; and substance use disorders.

Body type disorders

The disorder is derived from psychological and emotional factors, but the patient has physical symptoms, although no physical damage is detected through the test. Patients with body type disorders often present with persistent fatigue, vague pain sensations.

Sleep disorders

Common symptoms that arise from post-traumatic stress are increased vigilance, characterized by sleep disorders, muscle tension and a lower threshold of startled reactions and can persist for years after the injury occurs. Sleep disorders can appear in the form of early consciousness, restless sleep, difficulty falling asleep and having nightmares. Sleep disorders are most often persistent in people with traumatic stress. This is one of the main diagnostic standards for post-traumatic emotional disorders.

Mental disorders

Trauma can affect and change perceptions. Types of mental disorders such as misconceptions, hallucinations or delusions, intrusive memories.

Post-traumatic insomnia

Insomnia, stress is a condition that can be encountered after an injury

3. How to prevent and treat post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Create an environment that allows the person to recount the events of grief, traumas, pain sensations.
  • Create a safe environment for patients.
  • Advise on support measures as needed.
  • Help patients understand possible on-the-go factors for traumatic stress responses, including delayed responses to trauma.
  • Manage pain well by combining the drug with psycho therapy.
  • Exercise, Yoga, Meditation
  • Spend time with family, friends, and community members (e.g., social organization members)

In summary, trauma not only causes pain, physical damage, but also affects emotions. Early treatment can help avoid more serious problems such as depression. Trauma is often healed with the help of relationships, so the person needs to be connected with those around him. Trying to maintain healthy habits such as eating, sleeping and exercising regularly can reduce stress and help control emotions well.

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About: Minh Quynh

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