What is TRAUMA?

Written by Pam MS, NCSP | Fact checked by Psychology Dictionary staff 

noun. 1. an occurrence wherein an individual sees or experiences a risk to their own life or physical safety or that of other people and feels terror, fear, or helplessness. The occurrence might additionally cause confusion, dissociation, and a loss of a feeling of security. Traumatic occurrences test a person's observation of the world as a secure, just, and predictable place.. 2. a physical trauma. These injuries are inclusive of head traumas, like blows to the skull; brain damage, like hemorrhages and cerebrovascular accidents; and traumas to other area of the body, like lacerations or amputations.

TRAUMA: "The extent of the patient's trauma was beyond the scope of the surgeon's training."

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