What Is Trauma?

Psychological trauma is 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.

Traumatic events include:

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

Traumatic events trigger:

  • intense fear, helplessness, or horror
  • disorganized or agitated behavior (especially in children)
GENERAL INFORMATION ON TRAUMA

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