Trauma comes in many forms and can come about at any point in one’s life. Often there are explicit causes, such as abuse, neglect, fear-inducing experiences, or loss. Other times the cause is much more subtle and hard to understand.
Regardless of how ‘big’ or ‘small’ your traumatic experiences were, traumatic memories tend to have significant emotions attached to them, impacting how we handle new or similar situations.
Depression, anxiety, apathy, flashbacks, guilt, anger, shame, intrusive thoughts, and physical discomfort or symptoms can all occur with trauma.
Trauma-informed therapy can assist with understanding your trauma, learning how it impacts you, developing strategies to help navigate it, and building feelings of safety that can promote healing.