What is Trauma?
There are so many different ways that people can experience trauma.
Most people assume that trauma is only related to being in the military or being a victim of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
There are a number of different ways people can experience trauma, such as car accidents, shootings, bullying, experiencing a serious medical diagnosis, or even going through a difficult family event. Any upsetting, dangerous, or threatening situation that has left a lasting impression on your mind can be considered a trauma.
There really is no specific event that states what "has" to happen to you before it can be called a traumatic event.
Your traumatic event is just as important as anyone else's.
What have you been through?
What have you been through that now feels like a giant weight you have to carry around with you?
We all have life experiences that have brought us to where we are now, but I want you to know that you are not your trauma. It doesn't define you, and it doesn't have to affect you for the rest of your life.
The idea of having to talk about your trauma may feel very scary and overwhelming. You probably don't want to talk about it because you think that you've buried it deep inside of your mind.
Unfortunately, that's not how trauma works. You've probably noticed that it seems to reappear in various parts of your life, whether as a physical problem, an emotional problem, or even has a problem in your relationships.
So ask yourself these questions...
- Have you gone through an experience that you still remember today? Do the images run through your mind when you don't want to think about them?
- Do you avoid people, streets or anything else that reminds you of the event?
- How long have you been dealing with this on a daily, weekly or monthly basis?
- Is it keeping you up at night or keeping you from getting close to others or having meaningful relationships?
- Do the memories of your trauma keep you up at night or take over your dreams?
You can experience healing from trauma.
It's time to start putting these events behind you so that you can move forward and take those weights off of your shoulders.