The long term impact of the trauma can go largely unnoticed after the return to normal functioning.
There are invisible wounds of trauma that can continue to impact mental and physical well being long after the trauma. These wounds have to do with disempowering beliefs that develop after the experience. For example:
“I am not worthy”
“I can’t trust anyone”
“If things get out of control, it is dangerous and life threatening”
“Good things will not happen to me”
These beliefs become subconscious, hurting your self-esteem and preventing you from developing healthy relationships with yourself and others.