Many people believe that for something to be traumatic it needs to be catastrophic and out of the ordinary. Trauma is ANY event that overwhelms the system, regardless of someone else’s perspective.
“Trauma happens when any experience stuns us like a bolt out of the blue; it overwhelms us, leaving us altered and disconnected from out bodies. Any coping mechanism we may have had are undermined, and we feel utterly helpless and hopeless. It is as if our legs are knocked out from under us.” Peter Levine & Maggie Kline from Trauma Through A Child’s Eyes.