What is Trauma?

Trauma experiences shake the meaning of our sense of normal, and break the assumptions and the definition of trust. The mind and body respond in adaptive ways to help us cope with these abnormal events. Sometimes these trauma symptoms resolve within a few days. However, if symptoms persist they may become the body's best and quickest response to even normal daily stressors. Left untreated, avoidance develops and makes the resolution of these symptoms much more difficult, and confusing. Trauma is individualized. The definition of trauma is based on one's perception, and interpretation of an overwhelming stressor. Thus, traumas are circumstances that are seen as threatening in which a person may feel helpless. 


Examples of personalized Traumas can include:

  • emotional abuse
  • dental procedures
  • surgery
  • health issues
  • accidents
  • Sexual abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Car accident
  • Death of loved ones
  • Loss
  • depression
  • mental illness
  • deployment
  • rape
  • neglect
  • $ issues
  • child or elder abuse
  • a child born with special needs
  • loss of employment
  • verbal abuse

Reactions to traumatic events can include anything from abrupt differences in behavior and thought, to significant changes in personality characteristics and self-identity.

Symptoms of unresolved trauma can include such things as:

  • Helplessness
  • Hopelessness
  • Crying
  • Screaming
  • Addiction
  • Gambling
  • Panic attacks
  • anmesia
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Dissociation-spacing out
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Fatigue
  • Cutting
  • Nail biting and picking
  • Binge/Purging/restrictive dieting
  • Over exercise
  • Over working
  • Drinking
  • Suicidality
  • Lack of focus
  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Startle response
  • GI issues
  • Insomnia
  • Increase heart rate
  • Nausea