trauma & ptsd
PTSD is in public awareness much more over the past decade due to our nation’s longest war (Global War on Terror). Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) does not only impact military Veterans. PTSD can impact anyone who has been exposed to trauma.
Trauma refers to stress far beyond normal experience. Normal stress, such as relationship difficulty, work problems, or health problems can be very painful, but stress and trauma are different. Trauma involves life-threatening experiences, such as being a victim of a violent crime, a sexual assault, surviving a life-threatening accident or disaster, serving in a war zone (military veterans), working as a first responder, or directly witnessing one of the above events. Trauma has a distinct impact on people. For some individuals, the impact is brief, but for others, there are longer-term emotional and behavioral problems.