A traumatic event is a shocking, scary, or dangerous experience that affects someone emotionally. It does not have to involve physical harm, but it often does. The circumstances of the event do not determine whether it is traumatic; rather, how a person emotionally experiences the event does.
A traumatic event may be natural, like a hurricane, or caused by other people, like a crime or terror attack.It can be divorce, loss of a job,
a medical diagnosis, a death in the family, or another situation in which a person feels powerless. The more frightened and helpless someone
feels, the more likely they are to be traumatized by the event. One can sustain trauma by being present at the site of the event or witnessing it
from a distance.
It’s worth noting that children are especially vulnerable to trauma, and childhood trauma can have long-term effects—especially if a person
doesn’t receive treatment or support.