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What is Trauma

Trauma refers to an experience or a situation which inflicts emotional pain and distress so much so that the coping ability of the individuals going through it becomes overwhelmed. Psychological trauma can result from certain stressful conditions which completely shatter a person's sense of security instilling a sense of helplessness. A traumatic experience also involves a threat to life.


The emotional symptoms are
  • Denial, shock or disbelief
  • Self-blame, guilt, and shame
  • Feeling of sadness or hopelessness
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Social withdrawal
The physical symptoms are
  • Being troubled easily
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Pains
  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Tiredness

How Can I Help Fight Trauma?

Trauma can have a deep-rooted impression in an individual. Once the symptoms of trauma are prominent, steps should be taken for fighting it so that the situation does not worsen. The following steps can be undertaken to fight trauma.

  • Connect to people

    One of the best ways to fight trauma is to connect to people. It is natural for you to feel isolated when in trauma. But in order to heal, it is very important to connect to others. It is good if you talk to your people regarding your trauma. You could end up regaining quite some self-confidence.

  • Convince yourself that everything is fine

    You have to convince yourself that nothing is actually wrong with you. It is the situation that is wrong and you are no way responsible for it. You have to understand and believe that if you have survived a trauma, you are not mentally ill. Seeking some help could get you back to your normal self.

  • Talk it out

    You should remember that our brain records and stores traumatic memories. Those who undergo a traumatic experience tend to re-experience it. Thus in order to fight your trauma, you have to talk it out as much as possible; this would make you feel light.

  • Identify what makes you feel safe

    When you are in trauma, try and identify what all make you feel safe and secure. The very concept of trauma is contradictory to safety. Hence, when you can identify any activity that would make you feel safe when you indulge in it, you must do it.

  • be rational

    Trauma is such that it would try to devour your rationality. Once trauma tries to take away your power of reasoning, just overpower it and make yourself believe that all that has happened to you has been undoubtedly horrible; but it never meant anything related to you. Never think of yourself to be weak. You cannot deny the truth; at the same time you cannot hold yourself unduly responsible for whatever has happened.