What kinds of things cause trauma?
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Any sort of difficult situation can cause trauma, but the most well known causes of trauma are things like violence (including abuse and assault). Sometimes, in the 'right' (or wrong) circumstances, minor things can also cause trauma. At the end of the day, pain is pain. It's all relative and it's all important.
Sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional or verbal/mental abuse, physical illness, rape, bullying, cancer, mental illness, hospitalisation, sectioning. Trauma is a very severe issue and leads to thing like PTSD/C-PTSD, and needs specialist support like therapy, psychiatric medication and therapes such as psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, EMDR etc can really help.
Things that hurt us , things that leave deep rooted scars on our psyche and mostly importantly things that force us to experience emotions and feelings that we aren't ready to face are the kinds of things that cause trauma... When we face something that we aren't expecting or aren't ready for it in a negative way will always be traumatizing
Trauma can be caused by any negative event that alters a life so radically one begins to think of one's life in terms of "before" and "after".
Many things can cause a trauma, for instance, a trauma can be caused by a death of a loved one, being assaulted,being raped, being bullied, experiencing a traumatic experience as a child, being abused, even heart breaks can cause traumas.
There is no set list of things that cause trauma, very often two people who experience the same event will have very different reactions. For example, if two people experience a violent incident one of them may develop a traumatic response and the other may not.
We can sometimes have these experiences that remind us what pain feels like, what being alive is like and it reminds us how hard life can get. These experiences impacts a person in different ways, it can leave a mark on them, it can spark a new fear in them. But taking hits is only necessary so that we can get stronger the next time around. We'll keep encountering new challenges, but the next time you do, you're gonna be stronger already. That is the precious thing challenges come with.
I think it would be something unexpected incidences that bring painful experience that cause trauma.
The kind of thing that causes trauma would be something that would scar the mind and the heart of that person. Trauma can happen to anyone, and it isn't easy to have a traumatic event in your life.
Certain one-time distressing events can cause trauma. These can be accidents, natural disasters, violence, sexual assault/abuse, death of a loved one and the likes.
Some trauma can be cause by a single one-time event such as being raped or being mugged, etc. But Trauma can also occur from ongoing stress, such as physical abuse, or living in a drug-infested neighborhood, or struggling with an terminal disease.
Domestic violence, forced marriage, forcefull things, honour based violence, sexual harassement, rape, someone's death, close of yours or your friend's, or health issue of yours or of your closed ones and many other things can trigger trauma.
Anything really, bad experiences, people, previous life. For different people its different, but anything negative could cause trauma to be fair.
Anything that can cause you fear as you look back onto it or if you have negative recollections of what happened. (War can cause trauma and this is evident through peoples reactions. My pop was in the war and he has PTSD and hearing loud noises often gives him trauma as he associates the loud noises with is experiences in the war).
well i think there are several causes of trauma some of them are sudden loss of a family member or a friend
Many things can cause trauma, the list is endless. Trauma is anything that will leave a negative footprint in the brain, so, taking that definition, it could honestly be anything.
What causes trauma, especially emotional trauma, can vary greatly from person to person. For one person, it might be a car accident, being in combat, almost dying, rape, or long term physical abuse. For another, it might be a school bully, an embarrassing experience, getting yelled at or fired. That does not mean that one person is weaker than the other, simply that everyone's mind and emotions are different so they will be effected differently.
Anything that upsets you can cause trauma to a certain degree. Some trauma may be more severe and last longer than other trauma, but if it is something that affects you mentally, physically, emotionally, it can cause trauma. Every person processes things in their own way so what is traumatizing to me may not be to you, if that makes sense. It can be something as simple as a bad fall or something as severe as domestic violence. Our response and perceptions of things are different, therefore our interpretation of trauma is as well.
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