Trauma Guides & Articles
What Is Trauma?
Trauma refers to an individual's emotional or psychological response to a distressing event or series of events. The effects of trauma can manifest in many ways and may lead to chronic anxiety, depression, overall distrust of other people, and even physical aches and pains. Some individuals with past or recent trauma may startle or anger easily, while others may feel numb and disconnected from the traumatic event.
Some examples of trauma-inducing experiences include physical or sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, severe illness, parental separation, and witnessing domestic violence. Ongoing emotional stressors, such as bullying or intentional mental cruelty, are also linked to trauma.
The length of time someone experiences the effects of trauma can vary. Some people may exhibit symptoms for a few days following the triggering event, while others may have lingering feelings of fear, anxiety, and sadness for several months. Individuals who were constantly exposed to abuse or violence as children may have symptoms of emotional and psychological trauma well into adulthood.
When symptoms don't dissipate or they worsen over time, this can indicate a mental health condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In some cases, a traumatic incident or series of events can put a person at risk for similar trauma in the future. 1
Trauma is how the mind responds to mental injury. Mental trauma involves painful feelings and frightening thoughts invoked by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. While most people process and deal with these feelings after a short time, some people are unable to do so. Understanding Trauma The belief is that greater harm is done […]
Trauma is defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) as the emotional response someone has to an extremely negative event. While trauma is a normal reaction to a horrible event, the effects can be so severe that they interfere with an individual’s ability to live a normal life. In a case such as this, help […]
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Many trauma management treatment program options are available to the average person. Given the unpredictable and almost random nature of trauma, it just isn’t possible to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach to recovery. Each patient will arrive at treatment with not only different physical needs but also a unique perspective, history and set of assumptions that […]
If exposure to a life-threatening event leads to long-term distress, or if your reaction to it becomes chronically and significantly disabling, you might have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some people with PTSD may use drugs and alcohol to manage their symptoms and go on to develop addiction. Ideally, people with PTSD and addiction should have […]
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook For most young adults, heading off to college is a rite of passage filled with exciting opportunities, new friends, and fresh challenges. But for victims of sexual assault, the dream can become a nightmare in an instant. Statistics show that more than six in 1,000 women will be sexually […]