Chapter 2: When grief and trauma come together

Recognizing the signs of trauma

I've been there
Joanna speaks about recognizing her feelings of guilt and shame are connected to (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (3:22)Video transcript

I never feel calm or relaxed any more. It’s like I’m waiting for something awful to happen.

It's been important for me to seek help and find a healthy way to talk about it.

Whether you might need professional help with your grief depends on how much your thoughts and feelings are impacting you. If your distress is ongoing, it could progress into more severe reactions that interfere with or disrupt your day-to-day life.

Recognizing signs of trauma is a first step toward acknowledging what is happening for you and finding the support you need. If you are concerned about your grief or trauma response, the information below may help you to decide if you would benefit from seeing a professional therapist trained in trauma and grief work.

Click on the buttons below; and keep in mind that you may experience some, none, or all of these responses.