Trauma. What is it, anyway? According to the American Psychological Association, trauma is “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster.”
Everyday, individuals around the world witness traumatic events. While some may easily move past the occurrence, others will struggle to come to terms with the incident for a very long time, even experiencing acute stress disorder or developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Whether or not an individual develops Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) of PTSD is based on a variety of different factors. You’re more likely to develop ASD if you have been previously exposed to a traumatic event, are young, or do not have a strong support system.
Struggling with trauma can affect both your long and short-term health. We spoke to Dr. Melanie Greenberg, a clinical and health psychologist who has conducted research on the cognitive adaptation to trauma, about how trauma affects health and what you can do to fight it.
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