Types of Trauma
Trauma is divided into three predominant categories: acute trauma, chronic trauma and complex trauma. Acute trauma develops after a singular traumatic event, chronic trauma results from repeated exposure to highly stressful events, and complex trauma results from multiple traumatic events. According to the American Psychological Association, trauma is defined as, “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster.”
Examples of Common Traumatic Experiences Include:
- Childhood bullying and harassment.
- Physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse.
- Parental neglect.
- Sexual assault and/or rape.
- Life threatening illnesses.
- Traffic collisions and other major accidents.
- Natural disasters.
- Sudden and/or unexpected loss of a loved one.
- Acts of terrorism.
- Being attacked or kidnapped.
At Guardian IOP we address trauma of all kinds, along with PTSD — a disorder which can develop after a traumatic event. PTSD is characterized by a range of symptoms including severe anxiety, repetitive flashbacks and nightmares, mistrust of others and an inability to carry out day-to-day functions. To learn more about the varying types of trauma or about our trauma therapy program, today.