What does “trauma” really mean?

The word “trauma” gets thrown around a lot. I think it’s safe to say that, thanks to so much television and movies and books about ER’s and hospitals and ambulance crews, the concept of trauma is very much a part of our cultural consciousness. It has a lot of connotations that folks take for granted, and it seems to me that a lot of people have slightly different ideas about what constitutes trauma.

But what does “trauma” really mean?

I think about this a lot, as I go through my day. It’s more because I am getting on with my life, than because I’m stopped. I’ve been stopped before. By trauma. And I’m not as stuck in that place as I used to be.

Which makes me wonder. How did I get loose from it? How did I break free? How have I managed to come this far? And what was the traumaI(s) that kept me back for so very long?

All important questions to me, but I’m tired. Worked late again. Way late. I’ve had my dinner, and now it’s time to go to bed.

To recover.

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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