Trauma is an extremely distressing experience that causes physical or emotional harm from which you cannot remove yourself. Trauma is subjective, meaning what matters most are the individual’s internal beliefs and their innate sensitivity to stress, not whether a family member, therapist or other outsider deems an experience traumatic.
What constitutes trauma?
- Relational trauma (emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse; living with a narcissistic/borderline partner/family member; loss of a loved one)
- Medical diagnoses or long-term illness
- Physical accidents (such as car accidents, falls, etc.)
- Natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, etc.)
- Violence (victim of a crime, rape, assault, robbery, or witnessing of violence)
- War (Combat or military experience)