When most people think of “trauma” they think of things like physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and abandonment, or car accidents, dog bites, and house fires. While these and more are regarded and accepted as “traumatic events,” we have to look at the definition of trauma in a broader sense.
Trauma is any experience that overwhelms our ability to cope and regulate our emotions. Does this mean the child that watched a scary movie at a friend’s house that now comes into their parents’ bedroom 10 times a night crying has experienced a traumatic event, even though none of the other kids that watched the movie seem to be having trouble sleeping? Yes. And the teen that was teased by a peer at school that now has a migraine or a stomachache every school morning, have they experienced a traumatic event as well, even though their friends were teased by the same peer and seem unfazed? Yes. What is considered traumatic for one person or child may not be traumatic for another.
Often, post-traumatic symptoms resolve of their own, once the crisis has passed and the individual has returned to a sense of safety and security, but when that doesn’t happen, and symptoms persist and interfere with an individual’s ability to live their life to the fullest extent, we are here to help.