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Trauma is defined as a unique individual experience triggered by a sudden, external overwhelming event or of persistent overwhelming conditions in which one’s ability to cope is compromised, as one experiences a real or perceived threat to his/her life, bodily integrity, or that of a significant other.

Symptoms listed below may be experienced after some delay as symptoms do not usually develop directly after the traumatic event.

1. “Reliving” the traumatic event which disrupts day-to-day activity:

  • Flashback episodes, where the event is relived
  • Repeated disturbing memories or images of the traumatic event
  • Repeated nightmares of the event
  • Strong, distressing reactions to situations that remind you of the traumatic event

2. Avoidance

  • Avoiding places, people, or thoughts that remind you of the event
  • A lack of interest in normal activities
  • Emotional “numbing,” or feeling as though you do not care about anything
  • Feeling detached
  • Being unable to remember important aspects of the trauma
  • Feeling like you have no future

3. Hyper-Arousal

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Easily and exaggerated startled response
  • Hyper-vigilance (feeling more aware)
  • Irritable or outbursts of anger, tearfulness
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Guilt about the event (including “survivor guilt”)

4. Psycho-somatic complaints:

  • Agitation or excitability
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Feeling your heart beat in your chest
  • Headaches
  • Sweatiness

We understand the sensitivity of traumatic experiences people have suffered and therefore provide a safe space for people to talk and help people through the difficult process. Traumatic situations very often, doesn’t only affect the individual that was directly involved, but also close friends and family. Trauma Counselling sessions can also help loved ones to deal with a traumatic situation and will give them the ability to support the individual that was directly affected more effectively.

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