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How Do I Know My Loved One Is Experiencing Trauma?

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Trauma can happen to anyone at any time, affecting people of all ages, including teenagers and adolescents. Traumatic events may have a lasting impact on mental health, leading to behavior concerns and psychological issues that significantly affect a person’s quality of life. Recognizing the signs of trauma and getting the right help can prevent further damage.

Beyond Healthcare Fairlawn offers outpatient mental healthcare services specifically tailored for teens and adolescents with behavior concerns and mental health issues. The team of professionals in our trauma treatment program provides personalized and compassionate care to help young people regain control of their lives. Learn more about identifying trauma signs and how we can help your loved one recover by calling 330.621.0725.

What Are Signs of Trauma?

Trauma can come in many forms, from single incidents like accidents, natural disasters, and physical or sexual abuse to more complex occurrences like prolonged emotional or psychological abuse. Though they may vary from person to person, some common symptoms of trauma include the following.

Changes in Behavior

Trauma can significantly change your loved one’s behavior. They may show signs of aggression, hyperactivity, withdrawal, and irritability. If your adolescent or teen begins to act out of character, it could indicate underlying trauma. They may also experience changes in their eating and sleeping habits and struggle with concentration.


Flashbacks are a common symptom of trauma in which individuals relive one or more traumatic experiences involuntarily. They may feel they are back in the scenario and become panicked or overwhelmed. If your teen or adolescent experiences flashbacks, getting help immediately can prevent further distress.

Emotional Changes

Trauma can have severe emotional impacts on an individual. They may experience mood swings, sadness, anxiety, and feelings of worthlessness. If your teenager or adolescent seems unusually emotional, it could signify trauma. Pay close attention to any significant shifts in their behavior or interactions with others.

Physical Symptoms

Trauma can manifest in physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomachaches, and other unexplained pains. If your loved one begins complaining of physical discomfort, and you can find no medical explanation, it may be due to trauma. Some individuals may also experience numbness or a loss of feeling due to trauma.


Teens and adolescents who have experienced trauma may try to avoid situations or activities that remind them of traumatic experiences. It could be a sign of trauma if your loved one frequently cancels plans or avoids social situations. They may also struggle with going to school or work and isolate themselves from friends and family.

It’s crucial to recognize the signs of trauma so that you can provide your loved one with the support and treatment they need. If your adolescent or teen exhibits any of the behaviors outlined above, it’s essential to seek professional help. A mental health professional can work with your loved one to provide coping skills and develop a treatment plan tailored to their needs. Remember that trauma can impact individuals differently, and it’s essential to approach each case with empathy and understanding. By working together, we can help our loved ones recover from the effects of trauma and thrive.

Find a Trauma Treatment Program at Beyond Healthcare Fairlawn

If you suspect your adolescent or teenager is experiencing trauma or mental distress, do not hesitate to contact Beyond Healthcare Fairlawn. Our team of certified psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health professionals can provide the support, therapy, and treatment necessary for your loved one to overcome their trauma and regain control of their life. Contact us now at 330.621.0725 or complete our online form to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward healing in our trauma treatment program.