(May Be Triggering)

“Trauma is not about what happens to you, it’s what happens inside you.”-Gabor Mate

Trauma is a pervasive problem. It results from exposure to an incident or series of events that are emotionally disturbing or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on our functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, and/or spiritual well-being.

Trauma is a pervasive problem

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
  • Poverty
  • 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.

Trauma is a pervasive problem

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