Symptoms of trauma

People react to traumatic experiences in different ways.  Here are some symptoms you may recognise:


  • Feeling isolated
  • Frequent periods of withdrawal into oneself
  • Nightmares/flashbacks/insomnia
  • Anger or aggressive behaviour
  • Feeling distrustful and suspicious/blaming others
  • Misuse of alcohol/drugs/gambling and/or food
  • Seeking out high-risk/dangerous pursuits
  • Work-related or relationship problems
  • Feeling numb and empty
  • Feeling suicidal
  • Self harm and self-destructive tendencies
  • Being easily moved to tears
  • Avoidance of people and places
  • Panic attacks/anxiety/depression/mood swings


Call our 24-hour Helpline


If you serve, or have served your country, as a regular or reservist, our 24-hour Helpline (0800 138 1619) can provide confidential advice on your mental health and how to get help.

You can also email our Helpline:

When you contact us, we’ll work with you to find the support you need to get back on your feet.

If you’re a family member or carer worried about a loved one, you can call the Helpline too.