Depression & Anxiety are Symptoms of Trauma
Depression and Anxiety
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY IN EXETER
Trauma can be experienced as anxiety, when you feel overwhelmed by your emotions, or depression, when you failed to feel anything, except total hopelessness.
Anxiety, including panic attacks, is a reaction of your nervous system. Your mind gets thousands of thoughts, and they are usually negative ones, bringing you to imaginary or recalled situations that you may be very fearful of. Your mind might get triggered by common things, such as flying, a look, a time in the day, smells, being outdoors or even your own thoughts, and you might start avoiding places or situations or create rituals to calm you down. These triggers were created during the original trauma.
Anxiety is a result of unprocessed trauma. If you are able to deal with the sequels of your trauma, you will be able to manage your anxiety.
Depression, on the other hand, may feel like nothing really matters anymore. You will also have many negative thoughts, but often not accompanied by many emotions. You just got past the point of being worried. You have given up. You had so much on your plate that your body has decided to stop and lick its wounds, so to speak. Your nervous system has collapsed into a freeze or submit position. You may often play the victim, feel hopeless, and not see a way out.
If you become more aware of how your childhood trauma had an impact on your depression, you will be on the right track to stop feeling hopeless and start feeling alive.
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