Trauma is a type of psychological damage that occurs as the result of a distressing event, ie the loss of a close family member or spouse, a natural disaster or accident, witnessing war or violence, etc.There are three types of trauma: acute (a single incident), chronic (repeated incidents ie abuse, domestic violence) and complex (exposure to multiple and varied events). Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop following a particularly shocking or frightening event. Symptoms of trauma include flashbacks, nightmares, uncontrollable thoughts about the event, and severe anxiety. A traumatized person may struggle to live a normal life.Trauma is serious and requires heavy work to overcome but it is possible. Speak to a professional if you have experienced trauma and are struggling to cope.