EMDR Certified Therapist
A traumatic event is a shocking, scary, or dangerous experience that can affect someone emotionally and physically. Traumatic events can include experiences such as natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, etc.), acts of violence (assault, abuse, terror attacks, mass shootings, etc.), and car crashes or other accidents.
It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear is a part of the body’s “fight-or-flight” response, which helps people avoid or respond to potential danger. Some may experience a range of reactions after trauma. Most people recover from initial symptoms over time, but those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD.
The onset of PTSD can occur after major events, including combat, witnessing a physical or sexual assault, abuse, an accident, a disaster, etc. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, even when they are not in danger.
Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Sometimes, learning that a friend or family member experienced trauma can cause PTSD.