Many people experience some form of trauma during their lifetime.

Trauma may arise from a variety of events, such as:

  • violent attacks
  • natural disasters
  • losing a loved one
  • losing a job
  • going through a divorce

Initially, a person may be in shock or denial about their trauma. But later they may exhibit severe emotional damage.

Symptoms can include repeatedly reliving the event, feeling intensely fearful, or having difficulty performing daily activities.

Fortunately, people can recover from Trauma with help from medication, talking with a counselor, lifestyle changes, and new coping skills.

Audio Description: Watch as the causes and symptoms of Trauma are described. Signs that indicate someone may need help are also discussed, along with the sources of support available in your community.

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Additional Information and Resources on Trauma:
DOHMH Diagnosing and Managing the Mental Health Needs of Adults Exposed to Disaster
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Mass Disasters, Trauma and Loss
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Children and Trauma
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse Problems
SAMHSA Tips for Survivors: Coping with Grief After Community Violence
New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) Manual for NYC Religious Leaders: Spiritual Care and Mental Health for Disaster Response and Recovery
New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) Disaster Tip Sheet for NYC Religious Leaders: Faith Communities and Disaster Mental Health
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Indirect Traumatization in Professionals Working with Trauma Survivors (for providers)

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