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the definition of Trauma, and am I a survivor of it?
One of the symptoms of being a trauma survivor is "minimization." That means that it's natural that everybody else's experience seems worse to you than your own.
Each experience is unique, and each experience is personal. Don't compare. If there are things in your past that you can't talk about without feeling pain, if there are huge sections of your childhood you can't remember, or if situations cause emotional or physical reactions in you that you don't understand, and especially if your life suffers from pain and dysfunction, then you could be dealing with a history of trauma.
Just because you don't qualify for a diagnosis of PTSD doesn't mean you don't have trauma in your past.
Do I believe everyone is a survivor of trauma? Absolutely not.
Do I believe a lot more people are survivors than know it? Yes, I do.
If you're on this page, I suspect that you may also suspect that's true. Read the lists below and see if you think you fit into any of these categories. If you think it's a fit, then please seek help from a qualified trauma therapist for an evaluation. Your life could improve dramatically as a result.
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