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Trauma and Resilience

It feels as if trauma is all around us at the moment. Recent events have traumatised individuals, communities and the country as a whole. But what does it mean to be "traumatised"? Like so many words, it has entered our everyday speech as a description of when we are a little perturbed by something. But when people experience trauma, they are experiencing something which overwhelms their ability to cope, they feel out of control of the situation and powerless to respond. When we are adults, this could describe easily recognisable, life-threatening situations. When we are children, it can be any experience which triggers that response. Our brains and repertoire of responses have so much less

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