Trauma Info

Trauma is not about what is wrong with you, but is more about what happened to you. You are not alone.

There are different types of trauma: Simple, Complex, and Developmental.

-"Simple" trauma refers to a single event that occurs without any other history of trauma. This could include an accident, incident of abuse or assault, natural disaster, serious injury, etc . . . This is typically much easier to treat and manage as there is a clear beginning and end to the event.

-"Complex" trauma refers to traumatic stress that occurs over an extended period of time, multiple incidents of similar events, or multiple traumatic events occurring simultaneously or around the same time. Examples include long-term abuse or neglect, frequent abandonment or loss, growing up in poverty, or other incidents occurring in succession.

-"Developmental" trauma refers to trauma experienced in the formative birth to five years which include abuse, neglect, abandonment, and lack of adequate nurturing. This type of trauma generally results in lack of adequate attachment, attunement, and relational connections. When a child does not have adequate caregiving, they cannot learn how to self-regulate, and this sets the stage for ongoing interpersonal difficulties. Examples include in-utero exposure, complications at birth, lack of adequate caregiving, growing up in foster care, early childhood abuse and neglect, etc . . .

Please refer to the below information for more information about the impacts of trauma and to learn about trauma-focused treatment.

Adverse Childhood Experiences:

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Child Trauma Institute:

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies:

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation:

Arizona Trauma Institute:

Child Trauma Academy:

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