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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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