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Behavioral changes

In addition to the possible behavioral changes related to the forms of stress already described above, additional behavioral changes have also been observed. If you notice these in yourself or others, it is helpful to be able to place them in context. Again, it is important to note that it is not necessarily the case that every person who develops one of these forms of behavior for a short period of time is traumatized. If, however, you think that a person’s change in behavior is noticeable or if you notice significant changes in your own behavior or that of others, it is sensible to consider possible connections with stressful or traumatizing episodes or events. Additional behavioral problems or changes may include the following:

  • Risky behavior in traffic
  • Irrational, careless behavior
  • Increased consumption of cigarettes, abuse of alcohol or medications, drug consumption
  • Changes in the capacity to react
  • Downplaying and denying of danger
  • Becoming careless about one’s outward appearance
  • Lowering of moral inhibition
  • Being overly sensitive
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Changes in the use of language
  • Hunger or lack of appetite
  • Uncontrolled movements