6 ๐—ง๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ by Green Strings Network

This thread was published by Green String Networkย  on 31st October 2019. It’s a 5 min read that is worth a year and a half. Visit GSN on their website for lots more on mental health and trauma awareness. And on Twitter for insights you may not find anywhere else @GSNAfrica
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6 ๐—ง๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ

Individual Trauma: results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on their wellbeing. Image

1. ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ: a big incident that leaves a community with painful memories that alter their social health, eg a massacre, bombing, car accident, house fire, etc. It lingers with them for a long time.
2. ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ: is trauma obtained from supporting others who have experienced trauma. There can be a build up of stress over time that can cause changes to one’s psychological, physical & spiritual well-being.
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3. ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜… ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ: takes place as many horrific events happen either simultaneously or in succession without clear beginning or end. Could be domestic violence, child abuse, living in an insecure conflict environment, war.
Image4. ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ: occurs during critical periods of our development depending on one’s stage of life. Children who witness trauma are affected by this. It later alters their sense of self and relationships with people near them.
5. ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ (๐—ฃ๐—ง๐—ฆ๐——): failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. It may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional reactions.
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6. ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ: a traumatic event or series of events that is collectively experienced by large numbers of people – specific group, community or wider society. War is a type of collective trauma that affects all social relationships.
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๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ:

๐Ÿ”ด Historical trauma
๐Ÿ”ต Cultural trauma
โšซ Structural trauma

๐Ÿ”ดHistorical trauma: collective trauma carried across generations.

๐Ÿ”ตCultural trauma: occurs when there are attempts to destroy part or all of a culture/people.

โšซStructural trauma: when part of a community lives in unjust conditions.

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