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“Trauma is a… response to a terrible event… Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives.” – American Psychological Association (

Some argue that trauma is unavoidable. That every living person experiences traumatic events – that is, difficult events that cause distress long after it’s done. Denial and avoidance, historically, do not heal. Seeking professional support does. I’m talking to you, parents. Find support for yourself, and then use your new strength to support your child. Be respectful of your story. Trust the process of therapy and its ability to help you lead a more hopeful life. Can you think of other examples of trauma that are not in this diagram? (hint: there are many)



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