Unhealed emotional wounds can persist and affect daily life through unwanted symptoms of anxiety, nightmares, and flashbacks. Trauma can affect one’s ability to cope, cause feelings of helplessness, and block the ability to feel a full range of emotions and experiences.

“A traumatic event is a shocking, scary, or dangerous experience that can affect someone emotionally and physically. Experiences like natural disasters, acts of violence, car crashes, and other accidents can all be traumatic. Most people have intense responses immediately following, and often for several weeks or months after a traumatic event.”

National Institute of Mental Health, January 2020