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This may sound strange at first, but I believe I’ve experienced trauma, but yet I don’t have PTSD. Does that even make any sense? Is there a firm dividing line between the two, or is it more of a continuum?
According to the Sidran Institute, psychological trauma occurs when an individual is faced with a highly distressing event or events that overwhelm their ability to integrate their emotional experience, or threatens life, limb or sanity. The traumatic event often involves “abuse of power, betrayal of trust, entrapment, helplessness, pain, confusion and/or loss.” The traumatized individual is left feeling helpless in a dangerous world.
It is not the event itself that determines trauma but rather the individual’s subjective response to it — so not everyone