What is Trauma?
By definition, trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. The kinds of experiences that can be deemed traumatic are vast and differ from divorce, illness, natural disasters, abuse, war, torture…the list goes on and on.
Because the markers of trauma are widespread, millions of people around the world have experienced some form of trauma, making it one of the biggest epidemics to date.
What is PTSD?
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a condition that occurs following the experience of trauma, whether first-hand or by witnessing it. Those who have experienced trauma and have stress reactions to it, can develop PTSD.
PTSD is categorized as a mental illness, and symptoms can range from flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, detachment, or can manifest itself in other forms of self-harm or mental illness such as depression or addiction.
If PTSD or trauma symptoms are present in someone for a month or more, talk therapy is a recommended and effective (in many cases) for healing and coping with trauma.
In seeking a therapist to work with, there are many amazing professionals in Canada. Even better, many therapists are specialized in specific areas of trauma as well, so you can really find the person who can best help you with your situation and healing.