Trauma And Mental Illnesses Are A Huge Part Of A Lot Of People 's Lives Essay

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Research Report 2.8 Trauma and mental illnesses are a huge part of a lot of people’s lives, but many more don’t know much about it. It can take a huge toll on both the old and the young, no-one is immune. Trauma or traumatising experiences are something that are often spoken about, but not truly understood. After recently studying ‘Lord of the Flies’, which looks into lives of a group of boys who get stranded on an island and turn against each other, I was curious as to how huge, traumatic events might affect children like those in ‘Lord of the Flies’. It is never explicitly stated, but I was sure that an event like that in a child’s life would be extremely traumatising, especially seeing as the boys witnessed a few deaths during their time on the island, and not peaceful ones. This made me want to better my understanding of trauma, especially in children, so that I could treat it with full respect and to try to comprehend what it may be like to live with traumatic experiences in your life, events from your past and what affects they can have on you after. Question 1: What sort of events do we define as traumatising and how does trauma occur? First of all, I had to ask what sort of events are defined as traumatising? One definition I found for trauma in general, was that trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience for an individual or a group of people. There are, however, a very wide range of events that can be defined as causing emotional and physiological
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