Many people refer to “Capital T Trauma” and “little t trauma” depending on whether the trauma originated from a single event in which a person’s life was endangered such as war, an accident, violence (capital T) or a series of events such as the stress and difficulty of a significant loss, of growing up in an emotionally abusive or neglectful family situation, or of a chronic illness (little t). Regardless of the capitalization of the first letter, all trauma includes an overwhelming sense of vulnerability and powerlessness.
Unresolved trauma lingers in the form of both emotional and physical symptoms which can interfere with daily life and relationships. Some emotional symptoms of trauma are anxiety, difficulty concentrating, heightened anger, feeling numb or disconnected, heightened fears, mood swings, irritability, heightened guilt and shame, withdrawal, depression, suicidal thoughts, racing thoughts, and strong desires to drink or use drugs, sex, food or some other substance to dull the pain. Physical symptoms of trauma include difficulty sleeping, nightmares, flashbacks, a heightened startle response, stomach problems, panic attacks, increased heart rate, and extreme tiredness.
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and, as such, have specialized training in several forms of trauma treatment. I am a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals. I also provide EMDR therapy. EMDR is recognized throughout the world as an effective trauma treatment.
For more information on trauma: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/emotional_psychological_trauma.htm