What You Need to Know About Trauma

Emotional trauma happens when experiences leave you feeling unsafe or helpless, such as a car accident, abuse, violent world events, natural disasters, or the sudden loss of a loved one. You don’t need to be directly involved in an event to experience trauma from it. Being exposed to community violence, such as school shootings or war, can cause trauma for all of us. Experts call this “collective trauma,” because we experience it together.

Find out how trauma works, how it’s treated, and what you can do to cope.

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