Trauma occurs when an individual experiences or witnesses an event that causes them to fear for their physical safety or life. These types of events often happen suddenly or unexpectedly. Some examples of traumatic events include, but are not limited to: sexual assault, robbery, physical assault, car accident, natural disasters, and witnessing or engaging in combat battle.
Although trauma may impact people differently, there are common reactions that a person may experience:
For some individuals the reactions may be temporary, and you may notice that they go away within weeks of the traumatic event. For others the reaction may be more long term and manifest in the days, weeks, or months after the traumatic event. If you are experiencing any of the above reactions, seeking help from a professional would be suggested. Often seeking help immediately after the event helps to minimize the possible long term effects of the event and helps the individual cope with what has happened. The Counseling Center provides counseling services to students who have been impacted by a traumatic event and may be experiencing distressing thoughts, feelings, and reactions. To schedule an appointment you may come into our office in 1216 Crosley Tower or call us at 513-556-0648 between the hours of 8-5.