A vast majority of people are exposed to trauma at some point in their life (Benjet et al., 2016). In many cases this can lead to PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Do you suffer with eating issues or sleep disturbances, low energy, chronic or unexplained pain?
- Are you bursting into tears for no reason, suffering with intense anxiety, panic attacks, have compulsive and obsessive behaviours, or feel depressed?
- Are you irritable, angry or numb?
- Do you have memory lapses, find difficulty in making decisions, have decreased ability to concentrate (brain fog), or feel distracted?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are not alone. They are all signs that you have suffered a trauma at some point in your life and are struggling to manage. Further detailed examples of trauma are found in our book Thinking Therapeutically.
The Residue of Trauma
The effects of trauma can manifest days, months or even years after the actual event. So it doesn’t matter when the traumatic event happened, it can still be influencing you and keeping you from living fully in the present and from feeling alive. This is often a surprising revelation for the people we work with on our Trauma Course.
A traumatic event is described as a situation where a person, or someone close to them (physically or relationally) is at risk of serious harm or death. Examples of these could be natural disasters, being assaulted, a car accident, murder or suicide, or an accident at work or at home.
It could also be said that a traumatic event is any situation that is extremely stressful, where you feel you can’t cope and you don’t have any idea what to do or what is going to happen. So for example, your house is repossessed, your business goes bankrupt, your home is burgled, you witness your partner having a traumatic birth, or you have a sudden or difficult break up of a relationship. All of these could be intensely distressing and personally overwhelming, and traumatic.
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Benjet C., Bromet E., Karam E. G., Kessler R. C., McLaughlin K. A., Ruscio A. M., … Koenen K. C. (2016). The epidemiology of traumatic event exposure worldwide: Results from the World Mental Health Survey Consortium. Psychological Medicine, 46(2), 327–343. doi:10.1017/s0033291715001981