“Healing does not mean the damage never existed. It means that the damage no longer controls our lives.”
“Trauma - a severe emotional shock and pain caused by an extremely upsetting experience.”
Oxford Dictionary Online
Trauma is what a person experiences when they are confronted with what they perceive as a life threatening or life changing event. Although these feelings are disturbing to the sufferer they are a normal and expected response. It is the brain's way of processing information that is outside the normal everyday experience – the unexpectedness of the experience undermines the person’s trust in normalcy, the person can lose faith in an ordered existence.
Some situations that can provoke trauma are; being in an accident or witnessing an accident; experiencing a burglary or an attack; life threatening medical conditions; abuse either in childhood or as an adult.
Some symptoms of trauma;
Whilst some of these symptoms are normal reactions to a traumatic experience, if they persist for weeks after the event then help should be sought. Counselling can help the sufferer process the traumatic event in a confidential, safe place which can help relieve the symptoms. If the trauma is left unprocessed, further problems may be experienced in the future, for example, depression and increased anxiety.