Good morning. Today I’d like to discuss the emotional extremes you may have encountered after your trauma. Such as , confusion, sadness, anxiety, agitation, numbness, dissociation, confusion, or the blunted affect. In the book “Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services; Traumatic stress tends to evoke two emotional extremes: feeling either too much (overwhelmed) or too little (numb) emotion. Treatment can help the client find the optimal level of emotion and assist him or her with appropriately experiencing and regulating difficult emotions. Sometimes when regulating our emotions, engagement in high-risk or self-injurious behaviors, disordered eating, compulsive behaviors such as gambling or overworking, and repression or denial of emotions.”
Emotional numbing symptoms are a part of the avoidance area of PTSD symptoms. Emotional numbing symptoms generally refer to those symptoms that reflect difficulties in experiencing positive emotions.
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (US). Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 2014. (Treatment Improvement Protocol (l Series, No. 57.) Chapter 3, Understanding the Impact of Trauma.