7 Behaviors of Someone Suffering From Past Emotional Trauma

7 Behaviors Of Someone Suffering From Past Emotional Trauma

Trauma is psychologically damaging. It triggers a lot of emotional stress that can lead to visible physical stress on the body. Still, most people don’t even know they have been traumatized emotionally after experiencing certain things. They carry on with life as usual without dealing with the underlying issues. They begin to express certain behaviors that may be stressful and strange to their friends and families. 

Here are 7 Behaviors of Someone Suffering from Emotional Trauma:

Behaviors Of Someone Suffering From Past Emotional Trauma

1. Easily Startled.

Increased startle has been linked to being a major sign of stress responsiveness that can be a persevering consequence of early childhood trauma exposure.

2. Depression And Anxiety.

This is the brain’s way of trying to guard the person from the world and anything that looks like a threat. The first step to combat depression and anxiety is to acknowledge your struggles with it, see a therapist, or talk to someone with the expertise to help you sort out the underlying trauma so your healing can begin.

3. Having Traumatic Flashbacks.

They continually dream of traumatic things happening to them that seem real. Whenever they are having a conversation about something someone else is going through, they tend to space out or be in deep thoughts. Some emotionally traumatized people may not even know their circumstances are abusive or traumatic until someone mentions how abnormal certain situations are.

4. Insomnia.

One of the major signs of emotional trauma is insomnia. Having flashbacks and troubling thoughts can make falling asleep difficult.

5. Easily Triggered By Others.

An emotionally traumatized person gets easily triggered by anything that reminds their brain of past occurrences. Certain words or behaviors from other people that may or may not be harmless can trigger anger, fear, anxiety, shame, or sadness.

6. Substance Abuse.

Several studies have linked childhood traumatic experiences and future substance abuse. These studies have found that trauma during childhood changes the “neural structure” of the brain and compromises its function, therefore leading to various cognitive defects and other mental disorders.

7. Heightened Fear.

Trauma victims often have heightened fear response due to the fact that traumatic experiences imprint into the brain’s limbic (emotional) system making the onset and elimination of fear more intense.


Know that emotional trauma can be caused by several traumatic events, including:

  • Experience of profound failure or humiliation. 
  • Relationship problems, breakup, or divorce.
  • Exposure to sudden danger such as burglary, car accident, rape, armed robbery, suicide, terrorism).
  • Death of a loved one.
  • Exposure to prolonged danger such as child abuse, molestation, war, child neglect, sexual abuse).
  • Being a victim of bullying.
  • Diagnosis of a life-threatening disease.

Some events may not be considered extremely traumatic by the general public, but since everyone’s reaction to trauma is different, we should not minimize anyone’s experience.