Find New Methods for Coping

Trauma is defined as ‘a deeply disturbing and distressing experience.’ The complication arises of course when we realize that what may be traumatic for one person is not necessarily the case for another.

Some life events we easily identify as being traumatic (i.e. natural disasters, violence, abuse) however, other life events may be also traumatic (i.e. extremely high conflict divorce; living with a parent who has a mental illness; bullying; accidents or injuries to name a few). Sometimes we minimize life events and believe if we were stronger we would be able to ‘handle it’. Trauma symptoms can include: a preoccupation with the event(s), nightmares, guilt, distressing emotions (possibly anxiety or depression), feelings of fear, trouble sleeping, an elevated panic response. These symptoms may or may not reach the severity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD includes symptoms of re-experiencing the trauma, constant hypervigilance, and avoidance of things that remind of the trauma. Because avoidance is such a strong factor in maintaining these symptoms it is very important for the individual to be able to own their story and piece together what happened in a way that helps them process and understand their emotional and behavioural responses.


Heather Hopkins

MEd, CCC

6 Duffy PlaceSuite ASt. John's, Newfoundland and LabradorCanadaA1B 4M5

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