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Moving Through Trauma

3 questions to help a child identify and heal from traumatic shocks

What, exactly, is trauma?

For psychologists and therapists, trauma is a biological, psychological, and social reaction to an event that was genuinely frightening.

One of the more routine causes of trauma in my practice as a psychologist is car crashes. A child can be traumatized after being in a scary wreck. Some children also develop a trauma response after learning that one of their parents was hurt in a serious collision. Even seeing a car crash happen while playing at the park can be traumatic for a child, particularly if something about the event is especially shocking, violent, or gruesome.

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