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What Makes an Event Traumatic?

Traumatic Events are:

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  • Sudden, unexpected, and extreme
  • Usually involve physical harm or perceived life threat (research shows the perception of "life threats" are powerful predictors of the impact of trauma)
  • People experience these events as out of their control
  • Certain stages of life makes people vulnerable to the effects of trauma including childhood, teens and early twenties.

–Tedeschi, 2011