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Trauma is an emotional response to an intensely negative, or traumatic, event. Trauma may be physical or mental/emotional in nature. Events that may cause trauma include violent crimes such as rape or a significant assault, physical or sexual abuse, serious accidents, and natural disasters to name but a few. News events such as school shootings can often be traumatic for children, even if they did not experience it in person.

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Are intrusive thoughts distracting you? Actually, everyone experiences intrusive thoughts off and on; it’s when they become so frequent that they disrupt your ability to manage your daily activities and life responsibilities that you may need to explore things a bit further. Intrusive thoughts that...
Causes Most likely, depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Depressive illnesses are disorders of the brain. Brain-imaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have shown that the brains of people who have depression...
War. Rape. Fear. Violence. Molestation. Sexual assault. According to Bessel van der Kolk, MD, incidents involving emotional trauma and toxic stress are far more common than people generally understand. Since 2001, he says, far more Americans died due to family violence than in the wars in Iraq and...
Our level of resiliency can be attributed to both nature and nurture. Genetic make-up is part of the equation, as is the thinking and behavior patterns that rise out of cultural and family history. Life experiences play a role. A childhood filled with adverse experiences, says Borchers, can make an individual less resilient and more prone to conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.