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How to assess Trauma

Have you experienced a traumatic event?

Traumatic events are common and can happen at any time, in both childhood and adulthood. The way you experience a traumatic event will be unique to you and will vary from the experiences of other people.

Examples of traumatic events include:

How are you coping?

It’s normal to be distressed by traumatic events, and to need time and support to adjust to what you’ve experienced. If you’ve been through something traumatic, you’ll probably have strong memories about it. It’s important to note, however, that having memories about distressing experiences doesn’t mean that you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Complex PTSD.

Everyone responds differently to trauma. Some of the more common experiences are described below:

How your body might feel 

Thoughts you might have 

Feelings you might have 

Things you might do 

If  these experiences  look very familiar to you, you can find out more about trauma in the ‘Learn’ section of this website.

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If you, or someone you know, is in crisis and in imminent danger of causing harm to themselves or others, call 999 immediately

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