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Trauma affects individuals in numerous ways. Traumatic events may include a car crash, rape, domestic abuse, military combat, or violent crime. Many children and adults are able to effectively process a traumatic incident and go on with their lives with little or no lasting negative effect, but for many individuals, psychological trauma may set in. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. 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 psychological trauma and learn to heal and manage their symptoms.

PTSD can occur if you’ve been through a traumatic event and are having trouble dealing with it. While it is normal to have some anxiety after such an event, it usually goes away over time. With PTSD, the anxiety is more intense and keeps coming back. Often the trauma is relived through nightmares, intrusive memories, and flashbacks (vivid memories that seem real). The symptoms of PTSD can cause problems with relationships and make it hard to cope with daily life. With proper psychiatric care, PTSD can be treated and individuals can feel better.


You may find the following organizations helpful for more information on trauma:

Treatment at McLean

McLean Hospital offers clinical treatment for individuals suffering from trauma, PTSD, dissociative identity disorder, and more.

Hill Center for Women
An intensive 2-week treatment program offering psychiatric services for women with histories of trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, and borderline personality disorder.

Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Inpatient Program
Comprehensive treatment for adults suffering from the effects of childhood abuse or other painful traumatic events.