This conversation will explore how trauma affects us and what we can do about it.
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What is trauma?
One definition of trauma is “a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.” A traumatic experience may involve a single extremely stressful event, or exposure to multiple stressful events.
Certain events or experiences may be so overwhelming that they can overwhelm our ability to cope. When this happens, we may feel helpless and alone. We may develop what is called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
PTSD can occur after exposure to a single traumatic event, such as a car accident or natural disaster. But it most often occurs after exposure to multiple traumatic events, such as violence, sexual assault, or childhood abuse.
How does trauma impact our lives?
Many of us have experienced trauma in our lives, whether it was a one-time event or something that happened repeatedly. Trauma can have a profound and lasting impact on our mental and emotional health, as well as our physical health. It can make us feel isolated, disconnected, and hopeless. But it is important to remember that we are not alone—there is help available, and we can recover.
What are some ways to heal from trauma?
There is no one way to heal from trauma. Some people may find self-care practices like yoga or meditation helpful, while others may find support groups or therapy to be more beneficial. It is important to experiment with different healing modalities and find what works best for you.
What are some resources for people who have experienced trauma?
There are many types of trauma, and each person experiences it differently. Some people may feel unsafe or have trouble sleeping after a traumatic event. Others may have flashbacks, feel irritable or angry, or have problems concentrating.
If you are having difficulty coping with a traumatic experience, there are many resources available to help you. Here are a few places to start:
-Talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. They can help you understand what you’re feeling and offer suggestions for how to cope.
-Look for a support group in your area. This can be a great way to connect with others who have had similar experiences.
-Check out these books on trauma: “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk, “Trauma and Recovery” by Judith Herman, and “The Courage to Heal” by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis.
-Read articles or watch videos from trauma survivors who have opened up about their experiences. This can help you feel less alone and offer some insight into how others have coped.
-There are also many helpful online resources, such as the National Trauma Lifeline (https://traumalifeline.org/) and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (https://www.nctsn.org/).