Special thanks to Shelly Beach and Wanda Sanchez of PTSDperspectives for this article.
What do people mean when they use the word “trauma”? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defines trauma in the following way: Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that are experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or threatening and that have lasting adverse effects on the individual's functioning and physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. Events and circumstances may include the actual or extreme threat of physical or psychological harm or the withholding of material or relational resources essential to healthy development. These events and circumstances may occur as a single occurrence or repeatedly over time. The individual's experi ...Read more
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