Experiences that may be traumatic include:
- Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
- Childhood neglect
- Living with a family member with mental health or substance use disorders
- Sudden, unexplained separation from a loved one
- Racism, discrimination, and oppression
- Violence in the community, war, or terrorism
Although trauma can occur at any age, it has particularly debilitating long-term effects on children’s developing brains. Often referred to as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), exposure to these experiences is common across all areas of society.-From The Trauma Foundation
Trauma can start out as mental and psychological pain, as in the case of witnessing a horrific event. However, if it isn’t addressed, over time, it can eventually manifest as a chronic dis-ease.
It is also intergenerational, meaning that it can be passed from generation to generation. It is a wound that can disconnect us from our authentic self, but it doesn’t have to define our lives forever.