Trauma can refer to either a severe physical injury or a psychological trauma instigated by a life-threatening of distressing event. Physical trauma can lead to psychological trauma although a physical injury in and of itself is not a pre-requisite. In the case of psychological trauma, sufferers can develop extreme anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) along with other physiological problems (including blood pressure and immune system issues).

Related mental health issues include anxiety, depression and in some cases dependency.

The triggers, in terms of experience, may differ greatly from person to person and the ability cope with a particular situation depends, to an extent, on the individual.

By its very nature, trauma does not exhibit the ‘warning signs’ that some psychological conditions do and symptoms tend to present at an accelerated rate.

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Coping after a traumatic event.