As a therapist, I often hear people trying to dilute the importance of trauma. They say things like 'It is in the past, so it can't touch me now', or 'What didn't kill me made me stronger'.
I want people to recognize the wide reach of trauma. Left unchecked, trauma can cause toxic stress, an over-production of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. This can lead to a greater likelihood of arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and lung cancer.
But there is help out there. With a little help, you can survive and thrive, despite the toxicity of trauma.
Chris Warren-Dickins LLB MA LPC
Psychotherapist, writer, educator, and LGBTQ+ advocate