Psychological trauma knows no boundaries. It affects people of every background, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, gender, sexual orientation, and so on. Research has shown that traumatic experiences are associated with both behavioral and physical health conditions, especially trauma that occurs during childhood. With proper care, individuals can recover from trauma and learn to heal and manage their symptoms.
The consequences of trauma and violence can include long-lasting effects. Exposure to trauma at an early age affects brain development, and the rates of post-traumatic stress in adolescents and adults is on the rise. Early exposure to violence and trauma are major risk factors for lifelong health issues and early death. Trauma-related disorders include post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociative identity disorder, both of which have effective treatments to support individuals on a pathway to recovery.« Back to Glossary Index