Trauma is a word used to describe experiences or situations that are emotionally painful and distressing. It overwhelm people’s ability to cope and leaves them powerless. For some groups of people, trauma can occur frequently and become part of the common human experience.
What Are the Main Sources of Trauma?
Trauma can be caused by an overwhelmingly negative event that causes a lasting impact on the victim’s mental and emotional stability. While many sources of trauma are physically violent in nature, others are psychological. Some common sources of trauma include:
- Domestic violence
- Natural disasters
- Severe illness or injury
- The death of a loved one
- Witnessing an act of violence
It is also possible to sustain trauma after witnessing something from a distance. Young children are especially vulnerable to trauma and should be psychologically examined after a traumatic event has occurred to ensure their emotional well-being.