The impacts of overwhelming stress


Trauma happens when an experience of extreme stress overwhelms a person’s capacity to cope. Everyone processes stress in their own way, and trauma is no exception to that tendency. What impacts one person may not impact another.

Recent studies have suggested that childhood trauma, whether in the form of abuse or neglect, can result in long-term emotional, physical and psychological illnesses. But childhood trauma can include other experiences that might not be as easily recognized as having adverse impact. Such as disruption in the home, loss of a parent, divorce, or witnessing violence in the community.

Understanding the scope and impact of trauma is a key part of learning how to approach potential victims of trauma and how to intervene. But if you or someone you care about has experienced trauma, there’s hope. People can and do recover from trauma with the help of new coping strategies and specialized treatment programs.

Great Circle is in the process of instituting trauma-informed care. Trauma-informed care demonstrates a thorough understanding of the profound neurological, biological, psychological and social effects of trauma and violence on individuals and incorporates awareness of the impact of trauma in assessments and treatment programs.