You are the main character, the protagonist, in your life story. And your story may have chapters of upheaval, of trauma.
Trauma can be big or small, loud or quiet, stunningly fast or achingly long and slow. One-time or repeated. All of the above.
1. A serious injury or shock to the body, as from violence or an accident.
2. An emotional wound or shock that creates substantial, lasting damage to the psychological development of a person, often leading to neurosis.
3. An event or situation that causes great distress and disruption.
Trauma can come in many forms—abuse, accident, betrayal, bullying, catastrophic event—and that’s just the beginning of the alphabet.
Letter from the EditorSeptember 1, 2013by Becky Castle Miller
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(Life & Fiction) Spells of SilenceSeptember 23, 2013by Amy Jane HelmericksThere is a trauma that expresses itself in spells of silence. It is a sense of danger that holds back vital truth, words that may trigger reprisals.
What A Bosnian Doctor Held In Six Concentration Camps Says About Trauma RecoverySeptember 26, 2013by Dr. Philip MonroeInsights from Esad Boskailo, a Bosnian doctor who survived 6 concentration camps and is now a psychiatrist in the US helping victims with trauma recovery
Dealing with Birth Trauma: You Are Not AloneSeptember 28, 2013by Amy Wood ReisnerTraumatic experiences during childbirth can result in PTSD. You are not alone in dealing with birth trauma, and there is hope for healing.