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Emotional and mental changes

What follows below is a list of some further indicators and symptoms, which is aimed at helping you to recognize and contextualize what you may be seeing in yourself and others. It is important to note that not all people who suffer from one of these symptoms or show one of these forms of behavior for a short period  are traumatized. If, however, you know that there is a stressful situation or that an important, grave event has taken place, and if you notice that your own behavior or that of others has changed significantly, you should consider the possible connections.

In addition to the emotional or mental indicators after a stressful or traumatizing experience, the following symptoms may occur:

  • Panic and anxiety
  • Exaggerated mourning
  • Changes in the perception of one‘s environment
  • Concentration and attention deficits, gaps in memory and recall
  • Deficits in abstract-logical thinking
  • Sleep disorders, nightmares
  • Significant mood swings
  • Oversensitivity regarding criticism
  • Despondency
  • Fearfulness, states of fear, insecurity, general confusion
  • Difficulty identifying (known) persons
  • Disorientation regarding time and space
  • Changes in levels of responsiveness