Trauma is defined as any type of painful, horrifying, stressful, or life-endangering event that someone can either suffer from, be threatened by, or be a witness of. It can also occur when someone close to them experiences a form of trauma.
Not everyone who has experienced a form of trauma goes on to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Every person responds differently to trauma. This means processing trauma varies from person to person too.If someone has consistent or recurring episodes of hopelessness, anger, fear, guilt or despair then that person may have PTSD.