Unfortunately, many people will either experience or witness a traumatic event during the course of a lifetime. Common traumatic events include abuse, assault, robbery, accidents, war and natural disasters.

Following a trauma, it is not uncommon for people to develop symptoms of trauma that can include:
  • Unwanted thoughts and distressing memories of the trauma
  • Nightmares and daytime flashbacks
  • Feelings of re-experiencing the event
  • Feelings of fear and constant alertness for danger
  • Being easily startled
  • Being irritable or having angry outbursts
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Avoidance of reminder of the trauma
  • Feelings of numbness and detachment from others
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities.

Whilst many people will recover from trauma without seeking professional support, others develop Acute Stress Disorder. Should these symptoms persist for more than two months post-trauma, the condition is then classified as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

If you are suffering from trauma-related symptoms, it is important that you find help. At Gates Psychology Cairns, we provide a caring and respectful environment to help you work through the trauma and learn how to manage trauma symptoms.

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Contact Gates Psychology

(07) 4080 7326

The Boland's Centre
14 Spence St (Cnr Lake St.)
Cairns QLD 4870

Tel: (07) 4080 7326
Fax: (07) 4080 7355

Boland Centre
Gates Psychology Office