PTSD Awareness: Impact of Trauma

Understanding PTSDJune is PTSD Awareness Month. Here is another oldie but goodie of mine plus other resources, as previously promised.

PTSD is just one of the effects of trauma. People experience a range of reactions following a traumatic event. Visit this page at the Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more about other common problems and reactions related to experiencing trauma.

Impact of Trauma

I’ve defined what therapists mean when we talk about trauma. Now I’d like to elaborate on its impact and why you might want to seek therapy for help in the aftermath of traumatic experiences. How does it impact a person and what can be done about it?

Trauma impacts many and has further reaching consequences than is usually understood. Kessler et al. (1995) found that 60% of men and 51% of women in the general population reported at least one traumatic event at some time in their lives. Almost 17% of men and 13% of women who had some trauma exposure had actually experienced more than three such events. As a therapist, I expect that most people seeking help will have experienced some sort of trauma in their lives.…

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