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What is trauma?

Trauma in terms of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 (DSM 5), is defined as exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence. The exposure can be direct, witnessing in person an event that occurred to another, learning that a violent or accidental death or otherwise traumatic event(s) has occurred to a close family member or friend, or lastly experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to aversive details of a traumatic event(s).

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Jessica Ross, LPC, NCC, CCTP, CST

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