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Trauma & PTSD Introduction

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce the prevalence of trauma and the specific ways in which trauma affects people.

Objective

Understand the widespread prevalence of trauma, and its specific and profound physiological effects.

Description

Define trauma and potential causes. Explain how PTSD is differentiated from trauma in general. Cite statistics showing the widespread prevalence of trauma. Describe seven specific ways in which people who have experienced trauma are affected. Explain how trauma changes the way in which people experience themselves. Explain the physical experience of trauma. Describe how trauma affects the brain. Response to trauma is not cognitive; explain what happens instead. Describe issues associated with trauma disclosure and how to be a better listener with those who disclose trauma.

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