What is trauma? Causes, traumatic symptoms and solutions
Because it can affect us in different and difficult ways, it is hard to define what trauma is. Many kinds of experience can leave us traumatised. Read on to learn about types of traumatic distress reactions and feelings and how trauma-informed care, like mindfulness, can relieve and resolve them.
Symptoms of trauma live in our minds and bodies
Trauma, anxiety, depression, dissociation, fear, worry, dread: is the list endless? Difficult mind states, the feeling of distress in the body, and the emotional turmoil that remains after the most awful, fear-filled or violent life events: all of these can make our days unhappy and painful.
Living with the effects of trauma is challenging, and many times debilitating. Traumatic events are life-shaping, and can be life-limiting. Traumatic stress can wreak havoc and make wellbeing, happiness, joy and contentment seem beyond reach.
Experiences and events that cause trauma
An imprint of stress in your body, heart and mind could have been caused by a specific event such as an accident, bereavement or a one-off incident of violence, or a longer-term series of events such as violence, neglect or abuse. This is the initial ‘traumatic incident/s’. And these experiences leave ‘trauma distress’ in our bodies.
Childhood trauma and the stresses of life
But trauma distress can just as easily arise from a difficult childhood, or the drip feed of stress from life itself – the constant challenges of difficulty making its mark on our lives. Vicarious trauma can be experienced by carers or the children of people living with trauma distress.
Sometimes event-based trauma is called ‘Big T’ trauma, while ‘small t’ trauma describes difficulties in life almost every human experiences.
Trauma-informed care can relieve trauma distress
Whatever your history, this website is here for you. Trauma-informed care can help you find ways to help yourself through symptoms of trauma distress and discover the goodness in your life.
To learn more about these forms of trauma-informed care, take a look around the site. The information about trying out mindfulness will help you discover whether the practices could be helpful for you.