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June 29, 2017

What is Trauma?

Trauma is an event that is experienced as:

  • outside the range of normal human experience

  • causes emotional/physical distress

  •  involves a threat to the life of the person or others and

  •  feelings of intense fear, helplessness or horror

*not breaking your nail or spilling a drink on your designer outfit before going out to a black tie function!

What is the difference between trauma and crisis:

  •   trauma is the incident, the event whilst

  •   crisis is the process of emotional turmoil the individual is subjected to following the trauma (nb individual’s perception defines the crisis)

Examples of Traumatic Events common in South Africa:

  • witnessing someone being killed

  •  surviving sexual assault

  •  surviving natural disasters (floods, major storm, bush fires)

  •  motor vehicle accident

  •  armed robbery or hijacking

  •  physical/ threatened violence (war, politically-motivated marches etc)

Types of Traumatic Exposure:

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