Understanding Trauma: What Causes Trauma

TIn this part of the understanding trauma series, we will touch upon what causes trauma.

There is no clear-cut definition of what causes trauma, two different people can go through the same “life-changing” event and end with completely different outcomes. What moments and events in our lives that turn out to be traumatic usually depend on multiple factors surrounding the event and the person’s own history and coping mechanism. Unhealthy coping mechanisms can leave people in a worst situation than they were previously!

Psychguides defines trauma as being caused by

“an overwhelmingly negative event that causes a lasting impact on the victim’s mental and emotional stability. While many sources of trauma are physically violent in nature, others are psychological. Some common sources of trauma include: Rape.”


Trauma is caused by multiple different things and the majority of us as humans have experienced some sort of traumatic experience in our childhood or adult life. The best way to deal with it is to get professional help and increase your knowledge about it!


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