What is trauma?
A trauma is a stressful event that overwhelms one's capacity to cope. While some events would be traumatizing to anyone, other events could be traumatizing to one individual but not to another.
What are the types of trauma?
What are the signs of being traumatized by something?
What is the difference between being traumatized and having PTSD?
Not everyone who experiences a trauma will develop PTSD. PTSD is a particular type of intense traumatization with specific diagnostic criteria and which requires treatment, but it is also important to note that PTSD is a highly treatable disorder and there is a strong likelihood of making a full recovery.
In this video, find out more about the clinical meaning of "trauma", the difference between "trauma" and "PTSD", and more from Kati Morton, LMFT!
A mental health condition resulting from a traumatic event (either by experiencing it personally or witnessing it) which is characterized by symptoms of re-living the event, avoidance of things that remind one of the event, cognitive and mood disturbances, and heightened arousal response.
A severe type of PTSD resulting from complex trauma characterized by the symptoms of PTSD in addition to other symptoms: difficulty regulating emotions, extreme distrust of others, constant feeling of emptiness or hopelessness, low self-worth, dissociative symptoms, and chronic suicidal ideation.
A trauma-related mental health condition which lasts for longer than three days but no longer than one month. It is characterized by similar symptoms to those of PTSD but does not last as long. In extreme cases, it may include psychotic features.
Adjustment disorder occurs when someone has difficulty coping with a stressful life event, such as divorce, relocation, loss of employment, or relationship issues. It is characterized by anxiousness, feelings of hopelessness or of being trapped, impulsive or rebellious behavior, low self-esteem, and lack of concentration. It may also include insomnia, indigestion, muscle twitching, body pain, and fatigue.
RAD is a serious mental health condition that occurs in small children when they do not form a healthy and stable attachment with a caregiver. Signs of RAD include unexplained withdrawal or fear, listlessness, failure to respond to comfort, lack of social engagement, failure to seek support or assistance, and no interest in interactive games.
DID is a dissociative disorder caused by early childhood trauma.
Talk therapy can help an individual process traumatic events.
Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy designed to help the brain process stressful memories.
Group therapy and/or support groups can help connect you to people who have been through similar situations.
Medication can help relieve some symptoms of trauma such as depression and anxiety.
If an individual is struggling to function, residential treatment may be recommended.
Check out this video from MedCircle on common misconceptions and misunderstandings about trauma.
Kati Morton is a licensed therapist and active online advocate for mental health. Watch her series about trauma and recovery.
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