A traumatic event is described as a situation that involves actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence. You may have directly experienced the event, witnessed the event, or the event may have occurred to someone close to you. Some examples include: abuse, a car accident, first responder work, or being attacked. Sometimes when we experience trauma, we do not process the event and it becomes lodged in our minds and bodies. This leaves us overwhelmed with painful memories and emotions, and dysregulates our nervous system.
Take inventory of your symptoms. The following are common symptoms of PTSD: