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Will my trauma be taken seriously if it does not seem as severe as others?

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Last Updated: 05/18/2021 at 10:48pm
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May 27th, 2015 1:16pm
That´s a question commonly asked for any trauma survivor. Be aware that there will be always someone who has experienced "worse" situations than you did. However, the impact is the same. Trauma is trauma, it damaged us, it will take time to be validated in healed. Validation means you stop minimizing the harm that has been done to you. Your trauma was serious. Your life is important. Good luck.
January 29th, 2015 4:48pm
Trauma is trauma, no matter how big or little it is. It is your experience and no one has the right to lessen the severity of what you have been through.
April 16th, 2015 4:35am
Yes, all trauma is serious because you are sad and feeling upset, and if left unchecked it could build up inside. Do your best to always talk it out with someone, don't feel as if it's not as important than others because everyone's pain is important and serious.
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May 18th, 2015 4:45pm
It depends who your talking to. Also degree of trauma doesnt make it more or less traumatic. it still hurts to us. In life some people wont understand, a lot of people don't understand. Because as they say "Those who mind, don't matter and those who matter, don't mind."
July 27th, 2015 2:36am
Some people may not take your trauma seriously, because those people are judgmental. But we all deal with our own stuff — some people deal with big things, some people deal with things that are big for them. We all respond differently. For example, a parents' divorce could affect two children completely differently — it depends on the person. So "smaller" traumas are still traumas if you are hurt by them and need to work through them, and people who compare your traumas to "larger" traumas of others are people who can't seem to understand the delicate individual soul of each human being needs help in growing and developing.
July 28th, 2015 8:51am
Some people may not take it seriously, but if they're competent doctors or people who really do care about you, they will take it seriously. Those who don't aren't worthy of your attention.
March 15th, 2016 11:13pm
It will still be taken seriously because overtime it might get severe if you don't yet have a solution already to use it to solve it.
July 16th, 2018 1:00am
Everyone has a different life which means that different things will affect every individual differently and that is okay and think about it this way everyone responds to physical pain differently so why should mental pain be looked at any differently.
July 17th, 2018 5:33pm
Trauma should always be taken serious, regardless of severity. I think that the world would be a better place if we stopped comparing our lives to each other's.
July 23rd, 2018 4:47am
Every person's pain or trauma is valid. i don't believe you can ever compare one person's experience to another person's.
July 24th, 2018 3:10am
All trauma is relevant.
May 4th, 2020 5:40am
Yes, it will! No matter how small the trauma may seem it’s still trauma. No matter what happens(happened) to you it still will be taken seriously, because everyone deserves fair treatment and recovery. So don’t let the situation stop you from getting help, it doesn’t matter how long ago it was or how little it was or how much it might’ve affected you. It still counts as trauma, when it’s something that hurt you or scarred you, etc. Sure it may feel that some people might deserve more help but that’s not true at all. Everyone deserves the same amount of help no matter what.
June 22nd, 2020 10:28pm
It definitely deserves to be taken just as seriously. Trauma effects can't be measured in terms of the impact it has on a person and every single traumatic situation is unique and valid. The severity of trauma doesn't make it any less real or have any less of an impact emotionally and mentally. You deserve support just as much as anymore else and you deserve to be taken seriously no matter what. Whether or not it actually will be is a matter of who's being spoken to. It's important not to compare traumatic situations, for the reason that they're both equally valid and deserving of support
May 18th, 2021 10:48pm
It absolutely will. Everyone has their own unique struggles in life. Everyone experiences pain. It is all real and valid and worthy of respect. There is no barrier of "bad enough", everyone deserves care and empathy. Even people who have been through a lot often need help with things that are "smaller" than the "worst" thing they have ever been through. If anyone makes trauma feel as though it is a competition, they probably do not totally understand how it works. You are worthy, and your pain has every right to be acknowledged by those who are offering you help and support.