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Extreme situations, such as serious accidents, acts of violence or catastrophic events, leave their mark on our psyche. Even if the body seems to be functioning, the soul can suffer from the consequences of trauma for a long time. The reason is that in a stressful situation the level of stress hormones increases so much that normal processing processes in the brain become impossible. As a result, critical life events and traumas cannot be fully remembered (partial amnesia). As a result, flashbacks, emotional numbness, depression, severe anxiety and avoidance behavior often occur.
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Shortly after a traumatic event, many people exhibit an acute stress reaction called a state of shock or crisis. In some cases, symptoms may even appear decades later. The following symptoms can often be identified after a trauma:
As a result of experiencing the trauma, many people’s self-image as well as their trust in others is shaken. Many of those affected also suffer from feelings of shame and think that they themselves are to blame for what has happened to them.
Traumatization can be triggered by different situations and experiences. They can always be traced back to a specific stressful event. It is understood to be the experience of a difficult or threatening situation to which one reacts with fear and helplessness. As a result, a shattering world and self-image can occur.
Trauma is divided into two different categories:
In category 1, a trauma is only of short duration and a one-time occurrence.
In category 2, the trauma is characterized by a longer or repeated occurrence.
Typical triggers of PTSD include:
Certain risk factors also favor its development. These include, for example, little social support from family and friends, mental illness in the family, and the duration and severity of the trauma.
Confrontation with a traumatic event can significantly affect life even after the initial shock and crisis reaction. The following disturbance patterns may occur: