Coping with Trauma

What is trauma and how does it effect us?

PictureTrauma refers to an event involving actual or threatened death or serious injury. The event may directly impact on the person, or the trauma may result from the person witnessing harm to someone else.

Trauma may result from events including:

  • Physical assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Robbery
  • Natural disasters such as bushfires, earthquakes and floods
  • Arson
  • Car accidents
  • War or terrorism
  • Workplace accidents
  • Unexpected death of another person

Trauma can be catastrophic to the affected person's wellbeing and functioning. Typical reactions to a traumatic event may include anger, irritability, anxiety, mentally re-experiencing the event, distressing dreams, feeling jumpy and hyper-alert, avoidance of things associated with the trauma and difficultly sleeping.

These websites give tips on how to minimise the impact of a trauma:

Understanding and managing psychological trauma:
www.psychology.org.au/publications/tip_sheets/trauma

Preparing for and coping with the threat and experience of natural disasters:
www.psychology.org.au/publications/tip_sheets/disasters

Phoenix Australia - Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health:
http://phoenixaustralia.org/

If you are traumatised by being the victim of a violent crime, you may like to obtain practical support and counselling from the Eastern Victims Assistance and Counselling Program:
www.each.com.au/eastern-victims-assistance-and-counselling-evac

Last modified: Friday, 2 September 2016, 10:21 AM