Is emotional trauma serious?

LeAnne Lovett-Floom
Ambulatory Care

Emotional trauma can be acute or may become a chronic issue if not treated. Chronic emotional trauma can often be described as a form of post-traumatic stress syndrome or PTSD. As with other chronic health conditions, chronic emotional trauma can lead not only to depression, but also to other health conditions. A few of these may include: chronic pain, insomnia, heart disease, and diabetes. If you are experiencing any residual effects from an emotionally traumatic event in your life, please seek counseling. The payoff for holding those pent up emotions inside is not worth your overall health in the long run. 

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Symptoms of emotional trauma may or may not recede over time without treatment. But this is not to say that emotional trauma isn't serious. Experiencing a traumatic event puts you at risk for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other disorders. Children with emotional trauma may experience lingering effects well into adulthood. Seek help if your emotional trauma symptoms aren't improving.

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