Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.
The three main types of trauma are acute, chronic, or complex.
Acute trauma results from a single incident.
Chronic trauma is repeated and prolonged such as domestic violence or abuse.
Complex trauma is exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of trauma and are looking for help and information, here are a few resources available:
-National Center for Post-traumatic stress disorder (NCPTSD) -American Red Cross -Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) alliance -Psychology today, directory of therapists who work with PTSD and trauma, search by zip code.
National suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
NASW code of ethics:
The National association of social workers code of ethics provides guidelines for the day to day conduct of professional social workers in a clinical setting. These ethical principals are based on the core values of social work, and namely service, social justice, dignity and worth of the client, the importance of relationships, integrity and competence. https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English
For Immediate Emergencies: Dial 911
For The Local County Crisis Lines: Available 24/7. Clark County: (360) 696-9560 Multnomah County: (503) 988-4888 Washington County: (503) 291-9111 Clackamas County: (503) 655-8585 Veterans: (800) 273-8255; option:1 Skamania County: (509) 427-3850