Trauma – Understanding Trauma Responses

Trauma responses are emotional and physical reactions to traumatic events. These can be categorized into hyperarousal, intrusion, avoidance, and dissociation. Symptoms range from heightened anxiety to flashbacks, avoidance of triggers, and feeling detached from one’s body. Understanding and seeking help for these responses are crucial for healing and recovery.

What is Considered Trauma?

“Big-T trauma” involves severe, life-threatening events like combat or assault, potentially leading to PTSD. “Little-t trauma” refers to less extreme but distressing experiences like bullying or family conflict, which can also impact mental health. Seeking support for any traumatic experience is vital for recovery.