Trauma affects all types of people and unfortunately is a part of reality for many people. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that two thirds of children experienced at least one traumatic event by age 16. Furthermore, according to the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lifetime. Trauma is also considered a risk factor in many behavioral health and substance use disorders. Given that it is likely that you or someone you know have been impacted by trauma, it’s helpful for everyone to have a basic understanding of trauma. To that end, this article gives a brief overview of the three types of trauma and how they differ.
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