What Is Trauma

Trauma : A powerful emotional response to a distressing event, such as war, an accident, the unexpected loss of a loved one, or abuse. Trauma can continue to cause both emotional and physical symptoms for many years after the event has concluded.

Trauma Risk Factors
– The traumatic experience was unexpected
– The victim has experienced past traumas
– The trauma occurred during childhood
– Feeling of helplessness during the experience
– The experience happened repeatedly, or over a prolonged period of time.
– The victim is dealing with other major stressors, unrelated to the trauma.

Symptoms of Trauma
Everyone’s experience with trauma is unique. Some people will develop every symptom, while others develop very few. The following list of symptoms is not comprehensive, and should not be used to form a diagnosis :
– Avoidance of trauma reminders, including memories.
– Exaggerated startle response
– Irritability, anger, and other negative emotions.
– Flashbacks to the traumatic event
– Distressing dreams and other sleep problems
– Self blame regarding the traumatic event

Treating Trauma

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) is a common and well supported treatment for trauma disorders. CBT works by identifying and challenging unhealthy thinking patterns that contribute to the symptoms of trauma. The benefits of CBT can be long lasting.
  • Exposure Therapy – During exposure therapy, the patient is exposed to reminders of their trauma in a gradual and safe way. With enough exposure, the trauma beings to lose its emotional power, and the symptoms diminish. Exposure therapies have extensive research support.
  • Medication – Medication may be used to manage the symptoms of trauma, such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Medication can be especially valuable when a person’s symptoms are so intense that they are unable to participate in psychotherapy.
  • Other Treatments – Many other treatments, such as Narrative Exposure Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and group therapy have all been found to be helpful for survivors of trauma. It’s always okay to ask your therapist what treatment they use.

    Here’s another article on memory and trauma > https://empress2inspire.blog/2020/07/04/memory-and-trauma/

Reference : https://www.therapistaid.com/images/content/worksheet/what-is-trauma/preview.png

20 Comments Add yours

  1. myfanwy80 says:

    Great reminder this piece really is… I’m one session away from finishing emdr

    Due to prolonged over many years assaults and domestics and I needed this article to reminds me what it takes to face each head on however hard and it will be the hardest but the greatest as well thanks for this great share

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    1. GS says:

      Trauma is a topic that people are not comfortable discussing.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. myfanwy80 says:

        Yes and now out the other side of traumas being fixed I can
        It severed my voice if I’m honest which may explain why few speak up about it and others struggle on their own.

        All I know out of my story it may help one and that one is more than enough thanks again

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      2. GS says:

        Be Brave Michelle.


      3. myfanwy80 says:

        Would you consider some collaboration work??

        Liked by 1 person

      4. GS says:

        Sure what do you have in mind


      5. myfanwy80 says:

        A mix of prose and poetry ??

        Liked by 1 person

      6. GS says:

        Prose can do πŸ™‚


      7. myfanwy80 says:

        I will try poetry ??

        Liked by 1 person

      8. GS says:

        Cool 😎


      9. myfanwy80 says:

        Looking forward to email to set planning

        Liked by 1 person

      10. GS says:



      11. GS says:

        Did you get it?


      12. myfanwy80 says:

        We can email and discuss further via email: myfanwy80@yahoo.com (spellchecks don’t like my pseudo name so beware πŸ˜‰)

        Liked by 1 person

      13. GS says:

        You must already have my email in your inbox πŸ˜‰


  2. Frank LaManna says:

    good topic!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Thank you Frank. Glad you liked the post


  3. fitindiaofc says:

    This was really helpful 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Most welcome!!


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