Events that leave a person feeling insecure, helpless, vulnerable, or endangered are often the result of emotional and psychological trauma. The events may not have caused physical harm, yet they still evoke unwanted emotional responses.
Emotionally and psychologically traumatic events are often unexpected, intentionally cruel, or repetitive. Experiencing a car accident, the death of a loved one, the end of a significant relationship, a sports injury, a humiliating act, or a life-threatening illness are examples of events that cause trauma. Other issues can intensify the problem, as well.
To avoid re-traumatization, treatment should be provided by experienced trauma specialists such as those on staff at Spanish River Counseling Center.