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A traumatic event is usually defined as any type of event that causes an individual to react with intense fear or shock. The event can be life changing and can cause lasting psychological, physical, and emotional harm. Events that qualify as being traumatic in nature include the following:

  • Car accident
  • Natural Disaster
  • Unexpected or a violent death of a loved one
  • Domestic Violence
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Injury or Illness
  • Medical Trauma

Many people who experience a traumatic event overcome initial anxiety and mood disturbance within a few weeks post-trauma; however, some people need additional resources and support to overcome these lasting effects. Some individuals will continue to experience a high level of anxiety and mood disturbance. Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may appear. The symptoms of a trauma reaction, including a diagnosis of PTSD, include the following:

  • Flashbacks/Memories of the Event
  • Intrusive Thoughts
  • Nightmares
  • Hypervigilance (i.e. scanning the environment for danger)
  • Increased Startle Response (i.e. feeling jumpy)
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Avoidance of any type of sensory reminder of the event (i.e. sound, sight, smell)
  • Dissociation
  • Inattention
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Somatic Complaints

If you, or a loved one, are struggling due to an experience of trauma, it is comforting to know that healing is possible. A traumatic event cannot be forgotten; however, there is meaning to life following this type of experience. Healing is possible. There are many available resources for those who have experienced a life-changing event. Counseling modalities using a Cognitive-Behavioral approach have been proven to be effective when treating traumatic reactions.


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