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What is Trauma, Really?

Trauma is a word that is thrown around a lot these days. “I was so traumatized when they were out of navel oranges at the grocery store.” “I feel traumatized because I just found out my husband is having an affair.” “My son fell off his bike and skinned his knee, and I’m afraid he…

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Is It ADHD or Is It Trauma?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a term that’s thrown around a lot in our society.  Symptoms commonly displayed are a racing mind, the inability to maintain focus or follow through, lack of concentration, forgetfulness or foggy thinking, restlessness, irritability, hyperactivity, over-focus, compulsions and/or obsessive thinking.  If an individual, adult or child, displays any of these symptoms,…

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How Does Unresolved Trauma Contribute to Anxiety and Depression?

Often when we think about the word “trauma”, we think of something deeply distressing, a disturbing experience, or a horrible injury.  We don’t always associate it on a smaller scale and therefore don’t recognize the ways that traumatic events can continue to affect our daily lives. As humans, our natural tendency is to avoid risk…

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What is Trauma Anyway?

The word “trauma” has a bad reputation.  True, trauma is never associated with good things, but even just the word can cause a negative reaction within us.  If we were to label the same situation as “challenging” rather than “traumatic”, would it create a different response?  Instead of running away from the situation, would we…

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