What is Trauma?
A trauma can be any distressing or upsetting event. Common traumas include accidents, disasters, or being hurt deliberately by other people. You might have experienced a trauma first hand or may have witnessed or heard about it. Trauma can happen to adults or to children, and it may have been one off or related.
How should I be feeling?
Traumas are shocking events, and it is normal to feel overwhelmed. Not everybody reacts in the same way through, and there is no “right” way to respond. We all naturally have coping abilities and many people will start to feel better with the passage of time. Some people’s recovery is slower and we may need help to overcome what happened.
Ways in which trauma affects people
Some of the most common reactions to trauma are listed here and few we will discuss in tomorrow’s post. These reactions are often linked to one another, one may lead to another. It is not your fault if you are experiencing (or not experiencing) any of these.
Re-experiencing – Many people re-experience what happened to them. You might find yourself playing the event over in your mind, or experience memories of the event coming back un-expectantly.
– Flashbacks – Unwanted memories where it can feel as though the trauma is happening again.
– Nightmares – Bad dreams or unwanted memories during the night.
– Physical reactions – We may feel in our bodies what we felt at the time.
Trauma memories are often very vivid and can be red-exprienced in any of our senses (sight, sounds, smell, taste, touch).
Come back tomorrow for more on trauma.