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Understanding the "T's" of Trauma

When most people think about "trauma," they often only think about the "Big Ts" of trauma- catastrophic and clearly identifiable events such as war, natural disasters, sexual assault, shootings, etc. These events are typically life-threatening or safety threatening. However, trauma comes in many different forms. Distressing events that overwhelm our ability to cope and create emotional turmoil are also types of traumas. Furthermore, a person does not have to undergo a major catastrophic event to experience post-trauma reactions and emotional pain. We find in our work that helping people understand overwhelming life events as traumatic, and working through this trauma can be an immensely powerful part of the healing process. This Psychology Today article further explains different types of "T" and "t" traumas, and the trauma reactions people experience.