On Being Trauma-Informed

On Being Trauma-Informed

It is important for all professional and semi-professionals to be Trauma and PTSD-informed 

Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD) comes in many forms. It can result from a single blow event, such as witnessing a sudden or tragic death or being involved in an accident. The effects of trauma can be cumulative, such as resulting from child or wife abuse, or when involved with constant tragedy such as what happens to emergency providers and therapists. In theory, any kind of sudden catastrophic or unexpected event, any violent, horrific, life-threatening force has the potential to overwhelm the usual coping strategies, leaving the person vulnerable to emotional distress. When these forces are of such nature, we speak of disasters. When the overwhelming forces are of human making, we speak of atrocities.

·         The effects of trauma are experienced physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

·         The effects of trauma significantly impact social relationships, including both work and family relationships.

·         Trauma affects the ability to pay attention to, and retain information; thus interfering with learning and the development of a solid future.

 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

A diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) may be applied when a traumatic event leaves a person with lasting symptoms. Some of these symptoms include feelings of intense fear, including a persistent expectation of further danger, and feelings of helplessness and powerlessness. Those who have experienced trauma that results in post-traumatic stress are often plagued by distressing memories, flashbacks and night terrors, and many continue to struggle with the same powerful emotions they experienced at the time of the trauma. Some who have experienced trauma continue to use the same self-protecting means they initially learned, including the use of alcohol and other drugs, to numb the emotional, mental, spiritual and sometimes physical pain.

 

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