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Common Symptoms

PHYSICAL

Body Memories
Many people believe that child abuse has no affect on a person in their adult lives. However, this will show otherwise. While it's doubtful that, if you're reading this, you need a list of the emotional aftermath of trauma there may be something listed here that you haven't considered before.

Hypervigilance
When not treated, hypervigilance and anxiety can be, at times, almost crippling. This page offers some sound advice on how you can begin to work on getting these symptoms under control. If you are already working on it, there might be some things listed that you perhaps haven't yet considered trying.

Sleep Disturbances
I was once told by one mental health professional that this common symptom, found in many trauma-based disorders, is one of the worst for patients to deal with -- and one that commonly leads to hospitalizations in mental health facilities. Without sleep a person cannot function. Period. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to memory lapses, lack of sound judgement, hallucinations, tremors, headaches and increases in stress hormone levels and cholesterol. Thousands of people are killed each year in car accidents caused by drivers that fall asleep at the wheel. So, in certain circumstances it can be fatal. Trauma work is exhausting within itself. If you add chronic insomnia into the mix it can make you seriously nonfunctional. Therefor if you are having a problem in this area take a look at this page. Its intended to aid you in getting back to sleeping well and thus staying healthy.

Panic Attacks
Panic attacks are very scary and very common. In reality, there is probably no immediate danger while having one, but this is very hard to remember in the process of having one. Listed here are some things it might help you to remember. Even writing them down on a piece of paper that you carry with you might be very helpful. Especially if and when you should have an episode outside of your home.

Nightmares
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Flashbacks
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