What is Trauma from a psychological view?
Trauma from a psychological lens can result from any instance when it feels that your survival is threatened. Emotional and psychological trauma can be caused by single, one-time events, such as a horrible accident, a natural disaster, sexual assault, or a violent attack. Trauma can also stem from ongoing relentless stress such as living in a crime-ridden neighborhood, being raised in an unsafe environment, childhood neglect, extreme inutero stress, or struggling with a life-impacting health diagnosis. In general, any single or sustained event can lead to symptoms of being overwhelmed or dysregulated when:
- 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 and/or adulthood.