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 She was in a car crash 
 They recently got divorced 
 She was sexually assaulted 
 He was bullied for years  

What is Trauma?

Trauma is a distressing event or series of events that interfere with a person's ability to feel safe and in control. Trauma upsets the nervous system and can make it difficult to function in everyday life.

There are two types of Trauma

Big "T" Trauma

This type of trauma occurs when a person experiences a significant, life-threatening or life-changing event. Big "T" trauma experiences can include experiences like:

  • Sexual assault and abuse

  • Natural disaster

  • Car crash

  • Sudden death of a loved one

  • Medical emergency

  • Enduring, witnessing, or purpetrating violence 

Little "t" Trauma

This type of trauma is often overlooked. It Occurs when a person experiences multiple, smaller distressing events. They may not threaten a person's life, but over time, can seriously interfere with a person's emotional functioning. Little "t" trauma can include experiences like:

  • Bullying

  • Divorce

  • Car crash

  • Poverty or money worries

  • Interpersonal conflict

  • Racism

Both types of trauma can cause the body's sympathetic nervous system to go into overdrive. This can cause insomnia, intrusive images, nightmares, fear, trust issues, eat and digestive challenges, hyper-vigilance (scanning one's surroundings for signs of danger). Untreated, this stress can cause long-term health and emotional problems. With support, we can overcome these symptoms and adapt to a new normal.