Resources for Families

For Family Members

A person’s reaction to trauma can be difficult for loved ones to understand. At Inova, we know that you are the first line of support for your family member and we want to equip you with the best possible tools for that role.

Typical Symptoms

Trauma can be classified in many different ways. Researchers have developed the following categories to help us better understand its impact:

Single Blow vs. Repeated Trauma

Single events, such as hurricanes, earthquakes or isolated acts of criminal violence can be devastating. However, it is typically repeated traumas, such as ongoing sexual trauma, combat trauma or physical abuse often has more lasting effects.

Natural vs. Human Made

Deliberate human acts often have the most devastating effects, as opposed to natural disasters. Having a close the relationship to the inflictor of the trauma, and having less control over one’s own situation increases the impact of the events on the individual.

What are some common reactions to trauma?

Irritability
Isolation
Feeling detached from others, as if no one understands you
Sitting with one’s back to a wall in any room
Avoidance of crowds
Carrying a gun or weapon regularly
Irritability
Isolation
Feeling detached from others, as if no one understands you
Sitting with one’s back to a wall in any room
Avoidance of crowds
Carrying a gun or weapon regularly

Many survivors of trauma develop a variety of other conditions as a means of coping such as:

anxiety
depression
substance dependence and abuse
personality disorders (especially borderline personality disorder),
anxiety
dissociative disorders
eating disorder
self harm

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