Psychological trauma is any type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event. Trauma, which means “injured” in Greek, is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope or integrate the emotions involved with that experience.
When many of us think of trauma, we may consider traumatic life events as those that happen to others. In essence, “what I went through growing up isn’t as bad as what others experienced.” However, if your life event(s) were distressing to you, you may have experienced trauma without realizing it. In the world of post-traumatic stress, there are “Big T” and “little t” traumas that can damage the way our brain is able to process information.