Trauma is any situation that is overwhelmingly stressful that leaves you feeling unsafe and helpless.
Are you troubled by nightmares, fearful of falling asleep? Do you find that you are hyper-aware of your surroundings and occasionally find your reactions to be out of proportion to the situation at hand? Have you been exposed to an overwhelming incident or series of events that have left you feeling upset and distressed? Trauma is any situation that is overwhelmingly stressful that leaves you feeling unsafe and helpless. These experiences may often be a threat to life or safety, (such as sexual assault, motor vehicle accidents, experiences of first responders, military involvement, to name a few). However, any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed or alone with no support, can be traumatic, even if there is no threat to life or safety (divorce, loss of a loved one, workplace bullying, living with severe illness). It is the personal experience of an event that determines if the event is traumatic not the event itself.