In this part of the website, you will find information on various aspects of psychological trauma.
Here you can learn about what psychological trauma is, how trauma occurs, and why trauma is important to learn about.
There is increased awareness and concern about trauma among the public, yet most professionals, including even mental health clinicians, do not receive systematic training about trauma in their training. Learn why it is important to teach trauma here.
What causes psychological trauma can vary, with major causes including sexual assault, child maltreatment, domestic violence, community violence, war-related trauma, school violence, medical trauma, traumatic loss, and natural disasters.
Trauma impacts an individually both psychologically and physiologically, but also has an impact on the individual’s social schemas and academic life. Furthermore, trauma has a great effect on our society and economy.
Children who are traumatized are at risk for developing complications with attachment with effects lasting across the lifespan. Learn more about this impact here.
A number of studies have found an association between trauma exposure and psychopathology. Individuals may experience a range of psychological disorders, including, but not limited to, posttraumatic stress disorder, developmental trauma disorder, severe dissociative disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and disorders of adjustment.
Certain factors put an individual more at risk for experiencing trauma, while other factors influence an individual’s resiliency.