If you'd like to explore more about your personal traumas and how you react to them, take the WAY2GO! Wellness Assessment. Upon completion, you will receive a report detailing what's healthy in your life and what could use some work. You will also have an even better idea of what tools to use from this teen trauma site.
This site is intended as a self-help tool for teens who have experienced any kind of trauma, including:
- Physical assault
- Sexual assault
- Natural disasters
- Loss of a loved one or grief
Some traumatic events happen once and involve an injury or threat of injury to yourself, friends, or loved ones. These experiences may induce overwhelming feelings of terror or helplessness.
Other traumas can happen repeatedly over long periods of time. They generate feelings of guilt, anxiety, or shame. You can be involved, or just witness something and still be traumatized by it.
This reaction is called traumatic stress. These reactions can last a long time after the event is over.
In this site, we provide information to help teens manage traumatic stress. It is not a replacement for counseling. You need face-to-face support to deal with the distress that accompanies living through a tragedy or trauma.
Please talk to your doctor and get support from a person trained to assist people recovering from trauma. If you avoid dealing with your reactions, you could start experiencing problems in relationships, work, and school – even long after the traumatic event ends.
For more information about traumatic events, and how to overcome any negative emotions involving or resulting from the experience, visit the following PAMF articles:
- Reducing Bad Coping Habits
- Coping with Memories, Triggers, and Reminders
- Common Problems Following Trauma
- Getting Support from Others
- Reducing Tension & Anxiety
- Reducing Your Worries & Negative Thinking
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This site was developed by Dr. Nancy Brown with the support of Dr. Charles
Benight at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, using information from the Journey to Trauma Recovery Web site.
Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
& Shelley Kind
Last Reviewed: October 2013
Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
- Break Through the Static: Working to create a caring community aimed at helping teenagers survive, heal and grow after losing a loved one to suicide
- Kara Grief Support and Education: Individual and group support, community outreach, and education.
- National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Veterans Administration
- Hotline Resources for Teens in Crisis
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
- The Guide to PTSD
- Treatment Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction
- Effects of PTSD on Family
- Gift From Within: An International Nonprofit Organization for Survivors of Trauma and Victimization