Trauma: A Misunderstood Phenomenom

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is conventionally diagnosed when a person has been in some way exposed to an event that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury to self or others. The person must also have experienced intense fear, helplessness, or horror and currently is re-experiencing these states in some form or other. In children these feelings may be expressed instead by disorganized or agitated behavior. There are a number of trauma schools that can help a trauma victim. One of the best is; Trauma School Queensland Australia

However, the experience of trauma does not always fit the clinical category of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A person can experience trauma in ways other than involvement with an actual injury or threat to self or others. It is inadequate understanding of this expanded awareness of trauma that stimulates further confusion, depression, anxiety, and stress in an already traumatized individual and has many therapists misidentifying the problem and thus effective treatment.

A diagnosis that more accurately describes trauma is Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Experiences of Extreme Stress. Included in these diagnoses is the understanding that trauma may not have involved actual or threatened death or serious injury to self or others. Instead it may involve a perception of threat in some way, a belief that one's self is in jeopardy and that the threat bars any outlet to a feeling of safety. In this respect trauma compromises other than an individual's physical well being. Rather it not only stimulates a pervasive feeling of anxiety and depression, but it chronically provokes an ongoing fear of the abuser in thought or in person, disrupts memory and consciousness, diminishes a positive perception of self and a felt sensation that all is right in the world, and destroys the ability to consistently manage distressful physical and emotional sensations.


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