What Is Trauma?

PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA ENTAILS EXPERIENCING, WITNESSING OR BEING EXPOSED TO A TRAUMATIC EVENT

Traumatic Events involve:

  • actual or threatened death or serious injury
    or

  • a threat to the physical integrity of oneself or others

Examples of Traumatic Events include:

  • accidents
  • diagnosis of a life-threatening illness
  • hostage situations
  • kidnapping
  • natural or man-made catastrophes
  • physical assault
  • rape
  • sexual abuse
  • terrorist attacks
  • torture
  • war

Traumatic Events incite:

  • intense fear, helplessness, or horror