Beyond Blue tells us that in Australia, the most common traumatic events are having someone close die unexpectedly, seeing someone badly injured or killed, unexpectedly seeing a dead body, or being in a life-threatening car accident. However, trauma can touch our lives in many different ways; like a serious accident, a physical assault, war, a natural disaster, sexual assault or abuse. These events can be traumatic as they cause a threat to our safety and/or the safety of others.
So, what is trauma? Trauma is the experience of severe psychological distress of an individual following an event or series of events that are terrible or life-threatening. It overwhelms the individual’s ability to cope. Trauma can affect how you feel and think, and your physical wellbeing. A person suffering from trauma may develop extreme emotional disturbances such as sadness, anger, anxiety, survivors’ guilt and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Other experiences can be ongoing problems with physical pain or sleep, feeling a diminished sense of self-worth due to the weight of overwhelming stress. It could be difficulty remembering details or concentrating, change in appetite and turbulence in personal and professional relationships can be symptoms of trauma. While these normal reactions to trauma they gradually settle down over time with the help of a sound support system, however, take note that in some cases the effects can be long-lasting and can develop into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To read more or to listen via the podcast click here https://carmendebono.com.au/trauma/
Written by Carmen Debono