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Trauma can take many forms and may include abusive experiences that occur during childhood, involvement in a car wreck, or even exposure to a natural disaster. Traumatic experiences can lead to a sense of helplessness and horror that leave the person feeling vulnerable and unsafe even when the threat of harm is no longer present. What is traumatic for one person may not be experienced as a trauma for someone in the same situation. A person’s perception of the event plays a part in how one makes sense of the experience.
No, but some do.
Most people do not have long term effects following a trauma exposure, but some do not spontaneously feel better and experience trauma-related symptoms that may include:
Trauma can also have different effects based on developmental phase. Young children may experience regression in tasks they seemingly mastered (e.g., potty training and verbal communication).
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has a wealth of information regarding trauma exposure including information about the potential impact on child development and can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.nctsn.org/
Yes! There are several evidence-based practices that can help minimize the effects of trauma. Our clinicians are trained in providing evidence based interventions, such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) that can reduce the impact of traumatic stress on daily functioning. Contact us today at 859.286.5744 with any questions or to make a referral to services.