Complex trauma results from exposure to multiple and varied traumatic events or incidents. Such events mainly occur within the context of an interpersonal relationship (i.e., family violence). The individuals might feel stifled and trapped emotionally or physically.
Chronic trauma comes from exposure to multiple, chronic, and lengthy overwhelming traumatic events over an extended period. This may result from a severe long-term condition, sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, and vulnerability to intense situations. The trauma symptoms are visible in people for years after the event.
War or combat
Witnessing abuse of a parent or household member
Acute trauma is often associated with a single event that occurs in one’s life, or unforeseen incidents that come out of the blue. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, acute trauma is often associated with short-term post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. ASD symptoms are set immediately after a traumatic incident and last three days to one month. If symptoms stay beyond a month, the person has developed PTSD. PTSD counseling can help with these issues:
Life-threatening illness or diagnosis
Witnessing a natural disaster or accident
Developmental trauma refers to childhood trauma such as neglect, chronic abuse, or other harsh adversity in their homes. Developmental traumas are also known as adverse childhood experiences.
Neglect or abandonment
Losing a parent due to divorce
Witnessing domestic violence
Vicarious trauma, also known as secondary trauma, can occur when an individual is indirectly exposed to trauma by being in close contact with a person facing the situation.Find Your Therapist
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