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What Exactly is Trauma?

Let’s talk about trauma. What exactly is it? It’s a word that seems to be thrown around loosely these days but, do we have clarity of context when we make mention? By definition, trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience or physical injury. It’s pretty straightforward when it comes to physical trauma, but mentally/emotionally, that can look like anything to an individual.


Trauma can cause so many toxic patterns in our lives when left unchecked. It leads to PTSD as well as substance abuse and other addictions. Some types of trauma include Acute trauma, the result of a single event, Chronic trauma; repeated and extended exposure to one or more stressful events; and Complex trauma; exposure to multiple events.


While we have the technical definition, as a therapist, I want to remind you that trauma is personal. What may not seem like a big deal to one person can be the thing that keeps another one awake night after night. I also want to remind you that if you are dealing with trauma that may not make sense to others, make sure you give yourself some grace.


Your journey through survival and into healing is your own. The way we react to the things we encounter in life is exclusive to you. Talking to a professional can help you maneuver through your unique circumstance.



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