• Karen Law

Reacting to threat - Part 2

Updated: Jan 6, 2020

What is Trauma?

The word trauma is being used so much now as awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences has increased and people have started to understand how ACEs can impact on individuals who are not able to build Resilience, the antidote to ACEs.

Adults are also experiencing stress both at work and at home which is increasingly hard to avoid or release.

But what does trauma mean?

For a start it’s in the eye of the beholder. What can be traumatic for one individual might not be so for another.

First we have to understand how the body perceives trauma.

Trauma can be defined as “direct personal experience of an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury; threat to one's physical integrity, witnessing an event that involves the above experience, learning about unexpected or violent death, serious harm, or threat of death, or injury experienced by a family member or close associate”