Posts Tagged ‘situational trauma’

  • Traumatised

    Aug 26, 13 • Kay Marks • UncategorizedNo CommentsRead More »

    The world as we know it is changing.  Society is on the brink of burnout as people rush about in a frenzy to try and cope with the fast pace of their lives. Into this mix add natural disasters, including war, abuse, violence, earthquakes, mechanized accidents (car, train, or plane crashes, etc.) or medical emergencies. This causes trauma to our sense of well being especially if it hits close to home or is unexpected. These will continue to occur, however, I would like to address one aspect of trauma – situational trauma. As a result of this trauma, where a severely distressing event occurs, the impact on the psyche  frequently violates familiar ideas about the world, putting the person in a state of extreme confusion and insecurity. Situational trauma involves a single experience, or an enduring or repeating event or events, that completely overwhelm the individual’s ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions involved with that experience. The sense of being overwhelmed can be delayed by weeks, years or even decades, as the person struggles to cope with the immediate circumstances. This may result in psychological trauma which may result in serious long-term negative consequences if not processed thoroughly. Victims may find themselves organising much of their lives around repetitive patterns of reliving and warding off traumatic memories, reminders, and affects. However, different people will react differently to similar events. One person

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