The Impact of Trauma on Mental Health
April 11, 2023
Lately it seems like everyone is talking about trauma. The American Psychological Association defines trauma as “an emotional response to a terrible event” such as interpersonal violence, natural disasters, and car accidents. Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a clinically recognized emotional response to a trauma that is characterized by symptoms of re-experiencing, hyperarousal, alterations in cognitions and moods, and avoidance and numbing (APA, 2022).