Trauma is where the body or mind becomes overwhelmed by traumatic events. Psychological trauma occurs as a result of a distressing event or series of enduring events that lead you to feel totally overwhelmed and unable to cope. If you experience trauma you may feel numb, socially disconnected and isolated. You may find yourself feeling more afraid and vulnerable than before the event.
Psychological trauma is the minds reaction to an event that not everyone will react to in the same way. For example some people would find falling from a height distressing but others love going bungee jumping. The time it takes for the symptoms to show is different for everybody and may take weeks, months or even years.
An emotional trauma contains three common elements:
Traumatic events can include; Abuse, accidents, bereavement, brain conditions, catastrophic events, physical injury, terminal illness and violence.
Like most mental health conditions trauma covers a wide spectrum ranging from milder forms to the more severe forms of symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) such as flashbacks and insomnia.
It is especially important to seek help if you’re experiencing the above symptoms.