Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event(s) that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel a full range of emotions and experiences.
If you continue to carry bricks from your past, you will end up building the same house. It has been suggested that there are three types of traumas; (1) Acute trauma - resulting from a single incident. (2) Chronic trauma - repeated and prolonged exposure, such as domestic violence or abuse. (3) Complex trauma - exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature.
Symptoms of Trauma
Experienced, witnessed or was confronted with an event that involved death, serious injury, sexual violation or violent accident
Feelings of anger, shame, guilt, fear
Nightmares and/or sleep disturbances
Avoiding relationships with others
Difficulty remembering the event or details of the event
Exaggerated startled response
Avoidance of people, places or things
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