Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one's ability to cope or integrate the emotions involved with that experience. This can sometimes lead to a sense of experiencing yourself as 'Shattered '.
If you are someone who has gone through a traumatic experience, you may be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger. You may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again.
With the right support, you can explore different ways to manage and cope - whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, you can heal and move on.
Childhood sexual and physical abuse ranges from fondling to rape and from severe spankings to life-threatening beatings. Studies of retrospective child abuse suggest that approximately 25–35 per cent of women and 10–20 per cent of men, if asked, describe being sexually abused as children and 10–20 per cent of men and women report experiences of physical abuse. Many children are also psychologically abused and/or neglected, as well.
Psychological abuse, also referred to as emotional abuse or mental abuse, is a form of abuse characterised by a person subjecting or exposing another to behaviour that may result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, chronic depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Such abuse is often associated with situations of power imbalance, such as abusive relationships, bullying, and abuse in the workplace
Rape & Sexual or Physical Assault
Rape can be defined as non-consensual sexual penetration through the use of threat or physical force, or when the victim is incapable of giving consent (for example, when under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or when he or she is otherwise cognitively impaired).
Stranger assault refers to muggings, beatings, stabbings, shootings and other violent actions against a person not well known to the assailant.
Emergency Worker Exposure to Trauma
Because emergency workers often encounter potentially traumatic events, it is not surprising that those who help the traumatised may become traumatised themselves. Among those known to be at risk for such work-related stress are fire-fighters, rescue workers, paramedics and other emergency medical personnel.
War is a common and relatively powerful source of enduring psychological disturbance. Posttraumatic difficulties have been described in veterans of all wars. War involves a very wide range of violent and traumatic experiences, including immediate threat of death, witnessing injury and/or death of others, and involvement of injuring or killing others.
“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”
― Laurell K. Hamilton