What is Trauma
Ultimately, trauma is a subjective state defined by the individual who has been affected. Trauma can be experienced from war or the threat of war, vehicle accidents, or the fear of an accident, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, assault, abuse, repeated medical procedures, difficult child birth experiences, poverty, or living with a debilitating or terminal medical condition. Trauma can be residual and passed down and normalized through generations of families and whole societies. What is clear is that trauma affects everyone. Often people suffering from trauma are reluctant to speak about it fearing stigma, reactivating of symptoms, or lack of accurate language. Additionally people seemingly become desensitized and tolerant to an increasingly higher level of daily exposure to violence, danger, fear and the vast array of problems in the modern world.