Causes of Trauma and PTSD

Causes of Trauma

These are issues that can contribute to developing Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress. There are many factors– too many to list– so this is a condensed version that is meant to provide you with some guidelines.

  • Compromised attachment bonds and child abuse: neglect, abandonment, misattunement, being unwanted, family secrets, debt, divorce, depressed or addicted parents, ongoing verbal and physical abuse.
  • Sexual abuse, ritual abuse, rape
  • Loss
  • Bullying
  • Medical: hospitalizations, surgeries, chronic illness, invasive medical procedures, anesthesia, burns, poisoning.
  • Fetal distress and traumatic birth.
  • Accidents: falls, high impact accidents (including auto accidents), head injury, electrocution.
  • Suffocation: drowning, strangulation.
  • Attack: rape, war, bombings, physical abuse, mugging, molestation, physical injury, stabbing, gunshot wounds, animal attacks.
  • Natural and man-made disasters: earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, floods, terrorism, dislocation from the natural world and community.
  • Horror: Seeing an accident (especially with blood, gore and dismemberment), watching someone else being abused, raped, killed or tortured, being responsible for killing or hurting someone.
  • Torture, systematic abuse.
  • Prolonged periods of stress.

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