June 4 Fact

Trauma always precedes PTSD.

PTSD is a severe stress reaction to trauma. The trauma can be recent, such as a violent attack, sudden loss of a loved one, a war experience, or a shocking betrayal. Or the trauma can be in the past and is just now coming to the awareness of the individual. This includes childhood abuse, sexual abuse, loss of a loved one … any trauma that wasn’t dealt with at the time it occurred.

Often, an individual with PTSD experiences both recent trauma and past trauma. When the recent trauma occurs, it opens the door to the full-on impact of earlier traumas that were hidden from or buried in the person’s memory. The onslaught of all these traumas at once can shatter a PTSD sufferer emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.