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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: 07/24/2018 at 3:10am
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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.
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.