Emotional And Psychological Trauma


If you’ve gone through a traumatic experience, you may be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger that you just can’t kick. Or you may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people.

When bad things happen, it can take awhile to get over the pain and feel safe again. But treatment and support from family and friends can speed your recovery from emotional and psychological trauma. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, you can heal and move on.

What is emotional and psychological trauma?

Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless and vulnerable in a dangerous world.

Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized.

A stressful event is most likely to be traumatic if:

  • It happened unexpectedly.
  • You were unprepared for it.
  • You felt powerless to prevent it.
  • It happened repeatedly.
  • Someone was intentionally cruel.
  • It happened in childhood.

Emotional and psychological trauma can be caused by single-blow, one-time events, such as a horrible accident, a natural disaster, or a violent attack. Trauma can also stem from ongoing, relentless stress, such as living in a crime-ridden neighborhood or struggling with cancer.

Taken from : Helpguide.org


One Response to “Emotional And Psychological Trauma”

  1. Tim Olen Pickett Says:

    Thinking disorders: Mental illness, affects 26%, or 57 million Americans yearly. These disorders cost 15% of our GNP, trillions world wide. This is more than all the cancers combined, yet we seem to over look this issue, like we have done from the beginning of time. At 54, I have been fighting mental health issues for 30 years, depression, anxiety, racing thoughts. A few years ago, my body shut down, I lost memory, ability to put sentences together, adding money was a problem, and I lost lots of weight. I was dying and I am not out of the woods yet. During this time {Last few years} it came to me to compile old thoughts and new writings. “A Blessing in Disguise” is available now at several Walden book stores. Internet comments, A Walk in the Spirit, Powerful. These make me realize how important it is to bring Mental Health Issues to the forefront of American discussion. Please help me help the millions now suffering by bringing this issue out of the closet.

    Tim Olen Pickett
    “A Blessing in Disguise”
    ISBN 1606727494

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