What Is Trauma Therapy?: Traumatic events occur in almost every life, and trauma describes your brain’s response to sudden or unpredictable events that threaten your life, sense of safety, or sense of self. physically changes our brains.
When you experience a traumatic event, your brain physically changes, and the emotional responses of your mind are affected. Areas of your brain that once worked in a particular way can change based on the introduction of hyperarousal, this is where your body suddenly kicks into high alert in reaction to the particular traumatic event you are experiencing.
Trauma symptoms can be short-term (during and immediately after an event), long-term (experiencing the trauma long after the event is over), and/or chronic (if the traumatic experience was prolonged or repetitive).
Some of the common symptoms of a post-traumatic event can range from shock, denial, disbelief, confusion and difficulty concentrating, anxiety and panic attacks, mood swings and anger, through to feeling of guilt and shame.
You can also experience secondary (or vicarious) symptoms of trauma if you are exposed to other people’s trauma, and research suggests that trauma can be passed down within families and communities (inherited trauma). In some cases you can develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Complex-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD).